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The Athletic Club

of Overland Park
15 Sep 2015

Dancing at Overland Park Fitness Center!

We are dancing at Overland Park fitness center, The Athletic Club! You should be too!

Is dancing not your thing? Well, dancing is more than meets the eye- there may be enough reasons here to convince you to let the rhythm sink in.

Science has shown that music and dancing develops and activates specific substructures of the brain, more specifically substructures in the the left hemisphere.  Movement to music has the following benefits to adults:

  • Increases

o   Flexibility

o    Heart health

o    Muscular strength

o   Weight loss

o   Bone density

o   Coordination and balance

o   Memory

o   Confidence/Social network

o   Overall enjoyment

o   Resistance to diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, various cancers

Where can you find dancing that doesn’t require a foam finger or dropping anything hot?

Start small! Turn your favorite music on while you’re cleaning, folding clothes, cooking, working on a project, or just reading a book. Research shows that rhythm is ingrained into our subconscious! We begin to keep a beat without even realizing it. We begin tapping our foot. Or nod our head- or move depending what music is playing. Feel the beat and let it move you. I bet you will feel lighter and happier.

Dance with kids! Imagine their reaction if you joined them in their silliness. Kids are carefree and have no idea what they are doing! They just move. Follow their lead- be silly, laugh, and know that it’s likely the safest place to express yourself- kids are wonderfully judgment free!

 If you have a partner and both of you want to give it a try- consider taking dance lessons. There are dozens of styles of dance- for every level of fitness.  The community opens up when you meet other people learning these styles. Socialization is a great bonus to dancing.

Check with your gym or community center for dance classes. Zumba is a fun fitness class that blends a variety of dance styles to upbeat motivating music. Instructors provide routines that are easy to follow.

Overland Park fitness Center, The Athletic Club offers several Zumba classes throughout the week. Classes are always free for members.

All individuals can benefit from the addition of a fun, healthy, and beneficial habit. Make dancing at Overland Park fitness center, The Athletic Club your new summer hobby!