Dancing has powerful benefi ts for your heart,
lungs, brain and just about every other organ
in your body. According to the Einstein Aging
Study, summarized in the June 19, 2003, New
England Journal of Medicine, dancing helps prevent
dementia. The study found that dance was the
only physical activity that benefi ted the brain,
which was attributed to dance’s cerebral aspect.
Parrish Medical Center (PMC) celebrates the
benefi ts of dance and good health at its annual
Spirit of Women Day of Dance community
event. The 2010 Day of Dance, on Feb. 27 at
Sandpoint Park in Titusville, will let community
members enjoy an awesome celebration
of fi tness and heart health that includes dance
instruction, demonstrations, games, prizes
and health screenings.
But you don’t have to wait for Day of Dance
to start dancing. You can experience exciting,
unique group fitness
at Parrish Health &
It’s so much fun, you’ll
want to do it every
day—and you’ll feel
good about exercising.
In Zumba, you
exercise to different Latin music beats and even
some hip-hop. Zumba is an excellent aerobic
workout, which means you’re working your
heart. Your heart contracts about 70 times per
minute throughout your lifetime, pumping
about 5 liters, or 1.3 gallons, of blood each minute.
Good aerobic workouts benefi t your entire
body and can add to your longevity.
Wouldn’t it be fun to try exotic belly dancing
as you improve your overall fi tness? The belly
dance class is based on a variety of Middle
Eastern dance moves geared toward fi tness.
Each dance move focuses on the torso, isolating
the abdominal muscles and emphasizing good
posture with graceful arms. While using the
various muscle groups, you can improve your
posture and muscle tone, burn calories, relieve
stress, and even prepare for childbirth when
used as a prenatal exercise regimen.
couples social dance
Are you a fan of the TV show Dancing with the
Stars? Do you want to burn off calories? If so,
then get out your dancing shoes, bring a friend
or loved one and take couples social dance lesson.
Private lessons also are available. Each
fi ve-week session focuses on a single dance style,
including Latin, salsa, jive, cha cha and more.