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Transformation from Gym Rat to Glow Girl – w/Nine Benefits of Dancing

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BollyFit Guide, Suman, glows from within. Here, she shares her personal experiences of transformation and clips from a fantastic artilce with 9 health benefits of dancing!
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I used to be a gym rat, trudging my way to Lifetime Fitness 4 mornings a week to run for an hour before work.  While I loved the adrenaline rush I got at the end of a workout, I found myself making so many excuses NOT to get up and go to the gym, because it felt so much like WORK!  After I started  BollyFit, I’ve found that it is a great way for me to get fit without the dread of having to climb on a machine.
I actually look forward to coming to classes, and have stuck with it for over a year, which is a record for me 🙂  People are always skeptical when I tell them I traded my running shoes for a hip scarf, but I ran across an article that highlights the 9 health benefits of dance, and wanted to share it with all of you.  (you can find the article at http://www.everydayhealth.com/fitness-pictures/health-benefits-of-dance.aspx#/slide-1)
9 Health Benefits of Dance
1.  Boost Memory:
Dance not only instills grace, but it also helps you age gracefully. According to a study in The New England Journal of Medicine, dancing may boost your memory and prevent you from developing dementia as you get older. Science reveals that aerobic exercise can reverse volume loss in the hippocampus, the part of the brain that controls memory. The hippocampus naturally shrinks during late adulthood, which often leads to impaired memory and sometimes dementia.

2.  Improve Flexibility:

Those plies and arabesques that ballet dancers practice aren’t just for aesthetics — they also increase flexibility and reduce stiffness. You can skip the ballet slippers and still reap the benefits of ballet by practicing some simple stretches at home. Increasing your flexibility will help ease joint pain and post-exercise soreness.

3.  Reduce Stress:
If you’re feeling tense or stressed out, you might want to grab a partner, turn up the music, and tango! In a controlled study in the Journal of Applied Gerontology, researchers found that partner dance and musical accompaniment can help bring about stress relief
4.  Diminish Depression:
Dancing really does lift your spirits, according to a study in that tested the effects of dancing on people withdepression. Patients who participated in an upbeat group dance showed the fewest depression symptoms and the most vitality. Got the blues? Grab a friend and go out dancing tonight.
5.  Help your Heart:

Dance is a great activity for those at risk for cardiovascular disease. People with heart failure who took up waltzing improved their heart health, breathing, and quality of life significantly compared to those who biked or walked on a treadmill for exercise, noted an Italian study.

6.  Lose Weight:
Bored with your bicycle? A study in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology found that an exercise program of aerobic dance training is just as helpful for losing weight and increasing aerobic power as cycling and jogging.
7.  Balance Better:
If you are nervous about falling as you get older, some dance lessons might help ease your worries, according to a study in the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity that showed tango dancing can improve balance in aging adults. Dancing requires a lot of fast movement and good posture, so frequent dancing will help you stabilize and gain better control of your body.
8.  Increase Energy:
Can’t seem to find your get-up-and-go? Taking a dance class might help. Research published in The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition found that a weekly dance program could improve physical performance and increase energy levels among adults.
9.  Make Friends:
A dance class is the perfect setting to make new friends and branch out socially. Maintaining positive relationships may just rank up there with healthy eating and exercise. Being socially engaged leads to increased happiness, reduced stress, and a stronger immune system.
So whatever your motivation, I’m so glad you all choose to spend an hour helping me stay on track by getting fit,having fun, and illuminating from within!
Dance with you soon!
hugs,
suman 🙂
 
BollyFit Guide, Suman, teaches classes in
Novi (Wednesdays, 7:30 PM – Click here to register with City of Novi)
Plymouth (Sundays, 9:05 AM – Click here to register at www.bollyfit.com) 
New sessions start soon. Register now and dance with Suman. You’ll love the  9 (and counting!) benefits…and glow within and without 🙂