Some of you know that I recently did a personal study of one of the many
benefits of ballroom dancing the exercise aspect of this wonderful form of movement.
I wore a pedometer for one week as I taught private and group lessons, then
tallied the total miles moved during that one week period and divided them
by the total number of hours danced. Granted, many of the dances racked
up more miles than others because of their tempo, size of step etc., but
in the long-run I feel that it all balanced out because a comparable
amount of the dances were slow paced and or slow moving.
The result was that I moved 1.1 miles per hour as I
taught and danced. Not bad at all for an enjoyable, smooth and social
form of exercise. My day typically involves 6 to 8 hours of dancing
and I like that I can enjoy having moved 6 to 8 miles by the end of my day!!
A Harvard Study on Aging and Exercise published in the 1999 issue
of The British Medical Journal, found that vigorous exercise
actually leads to a 2.5 year reduction in life expectancy. The study
found that social interaction, eating out, going places and having
fun contributed to a longer and healthier life.
Ballroom dancing is certainly a non-vigorous form of
exercise and a fantastic way to socialize and to have fun!!
"One of the greatest benefits of dance is that it's a cardiovascular
workout that aids in flexibility," said Georgina Morgan, choreographer and
president of the nonprofit organization DanceUmbrella.
So continue to enjoy this wonderful form of exercise! If you
haven't begun yet, call on the Ballroom,
and John Ross!