Besides burning calories and building muscle, dancing engages creativity and opens new learning channels within the brain. Through dance, an individual builds strong emotional, cognitive, physical and social assets.
More calories are often burned through social dancing than are burned in a gym. Surprised? The reason is because dancing is fun, so you’re more likely to stick with it. Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett says that dancing with a group of likeminded people can give you a mental, as well as physical, boost.
Shake Your Thing
Aerobic dance is one of the best activities to increase self-confidence and satisfaction. Those who attend dance class improve self-esteem, self-image, reduce stress, gain a sense of well being, and feel connected to a community.
Shimmy Your Memory
A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that frequent dancing reduces the likelihood of dementia, and builds memory. If you change your routine, you’ll up the ante because rapid-fire, split-decisions brought on by unfamiliarity improves mental acuity.
All at once, dancing involves kinesthetic, rational, musical and emotional processes. This increases neural pathways in the brain, known as neuroplasticity, and creates new pathways. This keeps your mind sharp, and strengthens how you perceive, learn, make decisions, and reason.
About 20 minutes into a one-hour session, the body is flooded with pain relieving peptides. Participants experience a burst of positive mood and energy that carries them through the rest of the hour, if not the day.
Psychology Today says Jazzercise, “provides instructors with professionally choreographed sets of moves that are safe, effective and - most importantly - fun. The "fun" element of aerobic dance is key to getting busy people who hate exercise into a gym.”
Judi Sheppard Missett, who turned her love of jazz dance into a worldwide dance exercise phenomenon, founded the Jazzercise dance fitness program in 1969. She has advanced the business opportunities of women and men in the fitness industry by growing the program into an international franchise business that today, hosts a network of 7,800 instructors teaching more than 32,000 classes weekly in 32 countries.
The workout program, which offers a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, cardio box and Latin style movements, has positively affected millions of people worldwide. Benefits include increased cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility, as well as an overall "feel good" factor. Additional Jazzercise programs include Junior Jazzercise, Jazzercise Lite and Personal Touch. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.