January is the time when we make resolutions. It’s also the time when we let the promises we make to ourselves slide, unmet, off of our agendas – unless we take positive action to the contrary.

One of the top resolutions people make is to get healthier. Shedding pounds, increasing circulation and muscle tone, and gaining confidence makes us look and feel great – but it’s awfully hard to get motivated to make the changes needed. Going to the gym means facing down rooms full of sweaty exercise equipment and sometimes dubious company. Working out at home generally doesn’t deliver the same results.

The Ballroom Dance Difference

Ballroom dance is more popular than ever before. Part of this surge may be attributable to the rise of shows like “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing With the Stars”. Watching novice dancers learning the ropes of competitive ballroom dancing has inspired many to try it out – and after that first lesson, many people are hooked!

Ballroom dancing is fun. Learning new dance steps helps us stretch both mentally and physically. Confidence grows with practice, as does enjoyment.

Ballroom dancing also offers many physical benefits. Many of us live sedentary lifestyles, chained to our desks and computers more often than we’d like. Ballroom dance lessons get us up and moving. The result of this increased level of activity is improved cardiovascular health, enhanced core strength and better balance. Many times, people lose weight while they’re taking ballroom dancing lessons regularly. Weight loss has been indicated as a positive factor for the management of several common health conditions, including heart disease and diabetes.

Looking to tone and tighten your legs and arms? Ballroom dancing helps, tremendously. People who are already in good shape but want to take it to the next level find ballroom dancing works muscle groups that sometimes get missed on the traditional gym circuit.

Looking Good and Feeling Good

Ballroom dancing is great for our bodies. It can be fabulous for our spirits as well. Participating regularly in a fun activity lifts the mood. A weekly ballroom dancing class is something to look forward to: a break in the routine of work, home, and errands to focus simply on learning to dance well. All the problems and challenges can be pushed to the back burner for a while as you dance. This respite helps you manage stress more effectively.
Dance can also provide an outlet for your emotions. We all need a way to process and share our creative self. Ballroom dance, with its emphasis on beauty, style, and graceful motion, can be that outlet.

Getting Started With Ballroom Dance in Boston

If ballroom dancing sounds like it would fit in your plans to get fit and have more fun during 2011, try out a free group lesson. It’s a no-risk, no-commitment way to try ballroom dancing out! If you like it, group and individual lessons are available, and ballroom dance events abound in the Boston area.

We are the DanceSport Academy of New England, the
http://www.dancesport-newengland.com”;>Boston’s hottest
full-service ballroom dance studio, co-owned by New England dance champions Kari Hyytinen and Anne Heiermann.

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