Morning! How’s the day treating you so far??
Last night was a Zumba night! After class, I headed to the madre’s, where the family was enjoying a giant feast to celebrate Michaela’s b-day. There is nothing like shredded chicken, homemade beans, sliced avocado and sangria after a sweaty Zumba class. We cheered for the Wildcats -CARDIAC CATS!! Oh em geeeee- and then came back home. (I just wrote “cake back home.” This is why:)
Even though I had a small Zumba class last night -it’s been slow to start, and hasn’t been advertised by the studio yet- I was thinking about how much I LOVE to dance for my workouts. It’s something I’ve always enjoyed and preferred. When I was really young and had no idea of the concept of “working out,” I just knew I liked to dance. It always keeps me on my toes (<- lame pun), and by constantly switching up new music, styles and choreography, I feel like it is one of the few things that hasn’t totally turned my brain into mama mush. (Yesterday, I was trying to think of a word for about two minutes and then it finally came to me. “Appropriate.” Scary.)
Dancing provides cardiovascular benefits in addition to improvements in balance, coordination and agility. It’s also a great mental workout! In a 2003 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, 469 men and women were studied from 1980-2001, and over that span of time, they participated in a variety of leisure activities, including brain-stimulating hobbies (reading, crossword puzzles, writing, musical instruments) and physical activities (ballroom dancing, team sports and swimming). Over the course of the study, 124 people developed dementia, 61 developed Alzheimer’s disease, 30 vascular dementia (strokes), 25-mixed dementia and eight had other types of dementia. The mental activities provided a reduced risk of dementia, but of all the physical activities, dancing was the only one that demonstrated a reduced risk of developing dementia. Pretty interesting, huh? It’s a physical AND mental workout.
Here’s a little dance cardio combo that Sasha and I put together. I tried to make a cool pinnable image, but they were all ridiculous 😉
It would be perfect for today’s Winter Shape Up warmup or as a quick burst of activity during the day. Hope you enjoy!!
How often do you dance each week? Favorite “leisure” hobby? Mine is reading. Any spare time I find, I pick up my Kindle 🙂
See ya later on the Fashion page!