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Ballroom dancing or any type of couples dancing burns 200 to 300 calories per hour! That’s the same as a fast walk, but it can be a lot more fun. Other benefits are improving posture and giving you a whole-body workout.

Don’t know how to dance? Classes are everywhere.  Check out Adult Education Programs, Gymnasiums, and Dance Studios. Classic ballroom dance like Waltz, Tango, and Foxtrot are easy steps. Latin dancing like Mambo, Salsa, and Cha-Cha, has fast steps and turns that are sure to be of great fun. Swing dancing is very lively and energetic too!

Another great benefit is the release of negative energy. Many of us internalize emotional pain and stresses. This can change your entire outlook on life. It can lead to low self-esteem, lack of confidence, anger issues and antisocial behavior. Release that negative energy with a little movement. Movement can express what we feel inside but can’t seem to get out any other way.

Dancing is exercise. No one wants to admit it, because it is so much fun when you are doing it. Moving your body in successive motions for a certain period of time is essentially physical exercise. Endorphins are secreted during such activities; it increases well-being, improves mood and promotes clarity and focus. What was bothering you when you stepped on a dance floor can be seen in a clearer light after twirling around on the floor.

Such movement also releases stress. Stress can cause internal body changes and render a body ill when out of control. People who suffer from chronic stress are typically more tense and prone to negative thoughts. Stretching the muscles of the body as you dance releases that tension in the muscles.

Over time, dancing can help you lower your heart rate, increase your endurance and help you get in shape. A person in shape is better able to combat negative energy and turn it into a positive one. Dancing allows the body to move in different ways, releasing negative energy and tension from the muscles as well as the mind. It doesn’t matter what form of dance you participate in as long as it helps you embrace positive thoughts and energy.