Dance The Way You Feel
By Camille Wallin
To dance or not to dance?
Nowhere will you find anyone discouraging dancing – all the literature and wisdom out there will only ever say exercise = yes! Not only is it enjoyable, but also it so happens to be good for you, and there is a staggering range of health benefits across the lifespan.
So what exactly will dance do for you and your body?
- Improve flexibility, balance and coordination
- Increase strength and core stability
- Improve fitness (cardio & endurance)
- Increase muscle tone and assist weight loss
- Reduce risk of certain health conditions e.g. heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes type 2, osteoporosis
- Relieve stress, anxiety and depression
- Provides opportunity for self expression
- Release of feel-good hormones
- Improved confidence and body awareness
- Improved overall mental and physical wellbeing
- And most importantly, a fun way to exercise!
But what style to choose!
There are as many styles out there as there are grains of sand, but the most popular styles are:
- Classical ballet
- Hip hop
- Latin (salsa, tango) ballroom
- Belly dancing
There are no rules to say which styles are best, they will all bring you something different and give you a great workout. Some people love the energy and social fun of salsa, while others prefer the beauty and restraint of ballet - it’s really up to you!
Also dancing around the house and having a boogie on the dance floor are also accepted forms of dance, with all the same health benefits!
Am I too old? Too young?
Dance has no age range, if you feel inspired then go for it! There are many different classes available catering to different age ranges - classes for the little ones, after school classes, adult casual classes and older adult classes!
I can personally recommend The Space in Prahran for a wide range of casual adult classes, but asking around or a quick google search will give you some more local options.
Time to stretch!
So now that we’re excited and ready to pull out our dancing shoes, here are a few handy stretches that will go a long way for most dance styles.
Stretch the back of your legs – sitting down with one leg out in front, leaning forward whilst keeping your back straight
Stretch the inside of your legs – sitting with the soles of your feet together, holding on to your ankles and pushing your knees down with your elbows
Stretch the front of your legs – standing up with one knee bent behind you, pulling your ankle towards your glutes
If you have any dance related questions, concerns, injuries or accomplishments you would like to share, please don’t hesitate to ask me or book in an appointment!
See you on the dance floor ☺