Dancing–a Great Way to Keep Fit!

A lot of people find running boring–in fact, I’m one of them (don’t kill me!  :P).

There’s nothing I can do, I guess–that’s just how I feel. Luckily for people like me who need to keep things interesting, there are lots of other things you can do to keep fit. One of them is dancing–one of my personal favorites! There are so many different kinds of dance to choose from based on your temperament, the kind of music you like, etc. But whatever dancing style you decide on, you can be sure that it has tons of health benefits! I’m going to put a list of the most important ones below.

1. Dancing helps to relieve stress

Because dance is full of emotion, it can help you get all that bad energy out of your system by expressing yourself. Most people think mostly of dances like the tango as being emotional and expressive, but the truth is that all of them are. Plus, dancing causes your body to release endorphins, which lightens your mood and decreases the risk of depression. Another thing that’s become pretty popular over the last years (even with women who aren’t strippers) is pole-dancing–and we all know that there’s nothing that will make you feel more confident and comfortable in your own skin than feeling sexy!

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2. Dancing burns A LOT of calories

How could it not? Dancing is all about moving your body every which way. Dancing burns between 250 to 400 extra calories for every 30-minute session–of course, this depends how vigorously you dance, but that’s still more than you’d burn riding a bike. Burn calories and have lots of fun doing it!

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3. Dancing is great for you coordination!

Dancing to a lot of different kinds of music will help improve your coordination and balance, because dancing forces the body and brain to be tightly coordinated. You think only Beyoncé can dance? Think again! Sure, she’s a phenomenal dancer, but that’s mostly the result of years and years of practice. Start dancing and you’ll learn to move with grace and poise, and I’m pretty sure you’ll be astonished at the results that you can achieve after several months!

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5 Great Stretching Tips

Stretching is one of the best things you can possibly do for your body! But it’s important to remember that if you don’t go about it properly, the results could be minimal, or you could even hurt yourself!

Here are a few things you should keep in mind when doing your stretches to achieve the best results possble, and feel fresh and totally relaxed!

1. Stretch every day!

You don’t have to spend an hour, or even half an hour, just maybe 15 minutes or so. I like to start my day with a few good stretches, and do the same in the evening before I go to bed–I find that I sleep much better afterwards, because my body is much more loose and relaxed. And in the morning, stretching is a great way to wake your body up and work up an appetite for a good breakfast!

2. Stretch your whole body

Don’t just concentrate on a certain part of your body and neglect the rest. So if you’ve already stretched your calf anf thigh muscles this morning, maybe it’ll be time for your shoulder and arms this evening? And don’t forget your neck, especially if you work in front of a computer!

3. Play music during your stretches

I love music immensely! Depending on the time of day and my mood, I listen to different kinds to help me prepare for what I’m about to do. For example, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this in the evening when I’m trying to clear my mind. And in the morning, I rev up my engine, I give it my all to something like this–I actually din’t know what she was saying until I checked the lyrics, but that didn’t stop me!

4. Never push yourself too far!

Remember that stretching is a PROCESS, an a split is NOT something you’ll be able to do after a week, or even a month. If you start feeling pain when stretching, don’t try to push your body any further–give it a rest, and come back to it tomorrow. Of course, it’s normal to feel a certain amount of discomfort when trying to go just a liiiiiiittle bit further than you did last night, but pain is a total no-no.

5. Remember to breathe!

Breathing is just as important as the stretching itself–it helps you stretch further, while keeping your body relaxed at the same time. Important: never try to hold your breath when stretching!

Let’s get to it!

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A little something about me!

Hey guys!

My friends have been telling me to set up my own blog for the longest time! I guess it’s cuz I could go on and on about the things I’m passionate about, and now I finally have the chance to talk someone else’s ear off!

I’m a big health food and fitness buff, and my goal in life is to live as long, happily and healthily as possible! I’ve been into this stuff for a couple of years now, so I feel that there’s so much I could share with you! Let’s work together to become happier and healthier NOW!IMG98