By: Jen Sexton
It’s hard to dance without smiling. Sure, it can be done, but when a good beat is playing, the body wants to move. One of my favorite dance inspirations is Ellen DeGeneres. Is she a professional dancer? No. A dance enthusiast, yes! Working and having kids at home, I’m rarely able to watch her daily talk show live. Although, I can guarantee that the DVR is running and at some point, each show will be watched. Watching Ellen and her audience dance, always brings a smile to my face.
According to AARP.org, dance has many benefits beyond lifting your spirits. Dancing can:
- strengthen bones and muscles without hurting your joints
- tone your entire body
- improve your posture and balance, which can prevent falls
- increase your stamina and flexibility
- reduce stress and tension
- build confidence
- provide opportunities to meet people, and
- ward off illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis, and depression
I recently read an article By Madeline Knight that stated “Dance not only instills grace, but it also helps you age gracefully.” If that’s not a reason to dance, I’m not sure what is.
National Dance Day is always the last Saturday in July. This year the date is Saturday July 27th. Don’t wait till National Dance Day to show your moves. Young and old alike; dance, smile and age gracefully!