Square Dancing is done to fun, exciting, and up beat music. This is a gentle and enjoyable physical workout for all parts of the body.
Square Dancing can burn as many calories as walking, swimming, or riding a bicycle. It improves blood circulation throughout the body.
If you are recovering from heart or knee surgery, movement will be a part of your rehabilitation. Dancing is a positive alternative to aerobic dancing or Jogging.
Lose weight, reduce stress, and become more physically fit. Dancing is done in a smoke free, drug free, alcohol free environment.
SQUARE DANCING IS...
Square Dancing Is taught by a professional instructor. New dance steps and techniques are introduced each week.
Continued smart use of our minds and bodies keeps us much healthier now and in the future.
Other health programs focus only on the physical and generally ignore the mental exercise that Is equally and many times more important.
Listening and remembering are gentle mental workouts.
When you are dancing, you forget your troubles, learn to relax and just have fun.
SQUARE DANCING IS...
Square Dancers are active people who enjoy life. You will be able to travel to any state and find friendly Square Dance Clubs that welcome visitors.
Camping weekends and traveling to conventions and special dances are all in the Square Dancers lifestyle.
Fellowship Is an Important part of Square Dancing, Friendships made can last a lifetime.
This is an activity that can be enjoyed by the entire family. From 8 to 88.
Once you start, the only question you will ask is, 'Why didn't I start this sooner?!"
Spark up your life. Tap your feet to the Square Dance Beat.
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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"