Friday, August 22, 2008

Dance: Health and Fitness Benefits

dance ...

  • according to a Mayo Clinic study, helps burn calories (and burns fat);
  • promotes cardiovascular conditioning (many experts recommend 30-40 minutes of continuous activity 3-4 times per week);
  • builds strong bones; a Mayo Clinic study reported that side-to-side movements tend to strengthen weight bearing bones and may help prevent bone mass loss;
  • improves posture and spinal health, according to a Mayo Clinic study;
  • builds muscle tone;
  • increases joint mobility;
  • fosters good body image and physical fitness;
  • provides a creativity and emotional outlet;
  • is a great stress reliever;
  • may improve skin;
  • promotes strength and stamina