I spent the weekend surrounded by people I love and who decided to express their love for each other by tying the knot. People came from all over the world to support them and it was spectacular in every way.
A party (or multiple parties) ensued, and when the music played you can bet, I was on the dance floor celebrating. My husband gets great joy out of seeing me dance. He says it’s like someone turned the lights on for me or winds me up. It makes me happy.
How wonderful that a NY Times article suggests that dancing the new kale! And it tastes better too. Have you seen it?
Movement is such an important part of a healthful protocol and I often say to clients, “just put on some music and dance, even if it’s just for 10 minutes.”
As a 16-year old, my high school friends and I would put on our tight jeans and candy shoes, pile into my boyfriend’s white Eldorado and head to the local clubs. The Treehouse and After Dark were right next to each other and we would dance the night away, working up a good sweat. We didn’t think about it then, but it is a great way to get a workout in!
The actress Kirstie Alley at one time lost 100lbs by dancing, but the benefits are beyond weight control.
Not only is it good as exercise, but it improves cognitive function and balance. The article cites “A 2017 German report in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience analyzed brain scans from subjects who were on average 68 years old and engaged in either interval training or social dance. The study found that while both activities increased the size of the hippocampus, a region of the brain critical for learning, memory and equilibrium, only dance improved balance.”
“…Dancing increases cognitive acuity at all ages. It integrates several brain functions at once — kinesthetic, rational, musical and emotional — further increasing your neural connectivity,” said Richard Powers, a social and historic dance instructor at Stanford University.
So, whether it is for only 10 minutes in the morning, or at a dear friend’s wedding as a celebration of love, put on your dancing shoes and get out there. I’ll meet you on the dance floor.
Marjorie, Chief MOJO Maker™
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