LAKE CHAMPLAIN SQUARES
The Health aspects
Overall fitness - Square dancing is the perfect exercise. It combines all the positive aspects of intense physical exercise with none of the negative elements. Square dancing is a low impact activity requiring constant movement and quick directional changes that keep the body in shape, it tones the muscles without causing injury.
Cardiovascular conditioning - As with all regular exercise, square dancing can lead to a slower heart rate, lower blood pressure and improved cholesterol profile.
Strong bones - The movements of many square dances can strengthen weight-bearing bones and can help prevent or slow down loss of bone mass (osteoporosis).
Burning off calories - Square dancing can burn off as many calories as a brisk walk; An hour of square dancing can burn between 400 and 800 calories.
It's a mental challenge - Modern square dancing is a mental challenge. Calls have to be remembered. Reacting quickly to the square dance caller keeps you mentally on your toes. Whilst concentrating on the moves you escape from your worries and everyday pressures.
It's an antidote to depression and loneliness - Square dancing contains a social component that solitary fitness endeavors do not. It is very tactile, and friendly which contributes to self-esteem and positive outlook.
Rehabilitation - When recovering from heart or knee surgery square dancing is a positive alternative to aerobic dancing or jogging.
Laughter - Square dancing is full of fun- laughter is the best medicine!
"Square Dancing is Fun and Friendship set to music"
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