Need to re-energize a study session, a lazy Sunday or game night? Well, what are you waiting for? Turn up the volume and pump up your heart beat! Get moving to the music to be healthy for good. Clear some space and take a dance break.
Dancing is an easy way to get the family moving together and infuse culture and family history into your day. It can also help reduce stress, lower blood pressure, manage weight and get your blood circulating. Just 20 minutes of dancing burns about 103 calories.
Get the family involved by letting each person take a turn as DJ or create a playlist of music that’s rooted in your culture. This budget-friendly activity can unite generations — with side effects that may include smiles, laughter and memories made.
Exploring types of dance that are traditional for your heritage can be a fun way to move more and embrace your culture. Whether you want to fandango, flamenco or macarena, getting movement in through dance can be a way to learn a new skill and create an entertaining family affair. Different styles allow for tempo and mood changes that offer a variety of levels of vigorous activity.
Linked with aerobic fitness, Zumba is inspired by many styles of Latin and international dance. With changes in pace and rhythm, Zumba offers interval and resistance training for participants.
A mix of Latin and Caribbean styles with roots in Cuba and Puerto Rico, salsa dancing like Mambo requires fewer steps to the counts of music: 1-2-3, 5-6-7 (start by marching with your left foot in place on one). Salsa dancing can be done with a partner, or even solo in front of your mirror.
Derived in the Caribbean coasts of Colombia, the Cumbia style is rooted in folkloric rhythm and often involved props such as long skirts and hats. This partner dance has specific dance styles where the female role moves slowly and the male role dances more quickly around her.
Not only does cranking up the tunes help your body in numerous ways, it can also bring family together.
Making physical activity enjoyable for the entire family can help reduce screen time and help get everyone their recommended physical activity a day - 30 minutes for adults and 60 minutes for children under 18 - to achieve their overall fitness goals.
So, what dance will you and your family get into this week, cha-cha-cha, rumba or samba?