Why swing dancing is for YOU!

All, Living Adventures, Preferred Movement     by Stacy Lochtefeld

Muhlenkamp-dancing-slider-1Have you been looking for something new and exhilarating to try? Are you dreading the long dreary, bitter cold winter months that are upon us? Looking for a new way to get involved in physical activity? Running out of ideas for a fabulously creative date night? Well, there is one solution to all of these problems…Give Swing Dancing a Try!

Swing dancing evolved in the 1920s with the Jazz Era. There were several styles of swing dancing that became popular years ago. Many might believe that the Jitterbug and Shag are long out of style, but today, swing dancing is making a great comeback! Whether it’s the infectious music or the joy of movement, across the country swing is catching on with a new generation.

Many would agree that physical activity becomes very difficult during the long winter months. Swing dancing is one way to improve your physical health and fitness year around! After learning a few basic swing steps, you will quickly notice how much physical effort is required for the dances. After just one dance of jumping, twirling, and twisting, you will certainly work up quite a sweat. Swing dancing is an amazing aerobic workout. Depending on the length of the song, dancing could be from three to five minutes of sustained physical activity. Sustained physical activity (aerobic exercise) makes the heart, lungs, and muscles work a little harder, and if aerobic exercises are done on a regular basis, the heart and body becomes stronger. Many doctors even claim that dancing can improve one’s mental health too!

Some might be thinking that they’re not cut out for dancing. But how do you really know you’re a bad dancer? Who really knows until you try? Swing dance moves are some of the easiest dance moves to catch on to. Once you learn the basic moves, everything just kind of flows together. With just a little bit of practice, even a “bad dancer” could really have a grasp on Swing Dancing. People, both young and old, need to add a little spice to their date nights every now and then. Swing dancing is something new to try with your friends, significant other, or your spouse. It’s an amazing shared experience that is guaranteed to bring you closer to your partner. Together, you will also be releasing your daily stress by stepping onto a dance floor and just having fun! Instead of thinking about work or other troubles in your life, you can focus on having a great time with your spouse or your dance partner.

Swing dancing can help a person stay physically and mentally fit, and it is a great way to become closer with your dancing partner. Whether you are young or old, skinny or fat, rich or poor, healthy or sick, you can swing dance! Learning to swing dance should be one everyone’s bucket list! Why not give it a try??



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