Monthly Line Dancing at the General Meeting
Jimmye Lou is teaching/leading Line Dancing for all members of our Club on the 4th Friday of each month. Any dancing level is welcome.
Dancing is scheduled after the general meeting from approximately 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in the dance room across the hall. It will be a fun ending to our meetings.
This is a monthly opportunity to line dance with friends at our meetings for free. Please join her.
10 Reasons to Dance
Studies show that dancing can provide many of the same health benefits as aerobic exercise.
Regular physical activity helps to keep your body and mind young. If you enjoy dancing, it’s an ideal way to pursue pleasure and fitness at the same time. There are even studies that show physical activity like dancing can play an important role in preventing illnesses, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis, and depression.
Increase your flexibility. Dancing often requires you to use a full range of motion for many muscle groups. Whether it’s belly dancing or ballroom moves, you’re bending and stretching your arms, legs, and torso.
Strengthen your bones. Keeping the rhythm gives your legs and hips a workout without hurting your joints. Dancing strengthens and tones by forcing muscles to resist against your own body weight. Ballet, which includes jumping, can give your legs extra power.
Build endurance. With practice, you will be able to work your dancing muscles for a longer time without tiring. Your lung capacity and energy level will likely increase, too. Try salsa or line dancing to build stamina.
Burn calories. Someone who is 150 pounds can burn off about 150 calories after 30 minutes of moderate dancing. Rigorous swing or jitterbug dancing could help you drop more calories.
Improve balance and posture. Dancing requires balance and coordination. This, in turn, helps to strengthen your core and make you less prone to falls. Try doing a folk dance kick without good balance.
Help your heart. Dancing gets your heart rate up and improves circulation. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate activity on most days of the week to get optimal heart-health benefits.
Relieve stress and tension. Dance your troubles away. Swaying to the beat helps some people sleep better and fret less. The American Heart Association reported that regular waltzing significantly improved the quality of life for people with chronic heart failure.
Enhance overall well-being. Dancing is fun! A turn on the dance floor to a favorite tune can boost your mood, instill confidence, and ward off depression.
Provide social benefits. Dancing usually involves rounding up a partner or group and meeting new people. Having social ties is linked to better health, higher self-esteem, and a positive outlook.
Studies show that dancing can provide many of the same health benefits as aerobic exercise. Exercise increases the level of brain chemicals that promote nerve cell growth. One study even found that dancing twice a week made seniors less likely to develop dementia. Having to remember steps, as in line dancing, can also sharpen recall skills.
So, ready to boogie? Always check with your doctor before you increase your activity level. You might need to restrict or modify your dance activity if you have certain medical problems. As a general rule, start out slowly and step it up gradually. Today a slow waltz – tomorrow, perhaps, a disco dip.