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Dance Your Stress Away

Posted by Jessica Gladstone on Mon, Nov 14, 2016 @ 11:11 AM

stressdance1.jpgMany people know that dancing is beneficial physically, but did you know that it can help you reduce your stress as well?

Dancing is one of the best things you can for your physical health. It combines flexibility, cardio and strength, and it has helped many people lose weight. We’ve touched on the physical benefits of dance quite a bit, and you can read all about them when you check out our blog entitled Why Dancing is the Best Workout.. However, the benefits of dance don’t stop there. One of the most essential benefits of dancing is stress relief, particularly in a country where 75 percent of adults say that they have experienced moderate to high levels of stress within the last month alone and 33 percent of Americans feel that they are living with extreme stress. A little stress can be a good thing, but if you are dealing with stress chronically, there could be consequences.

How does chronic stress affect us physically?

Although stress is largely a psychological issue, chronic stress can affect your body in many different ways. Aching muscles, heart palpitations, tension headaches, constipation, diarrhea, irregular menstruation, a drop in testosterone levels and immune system deficiencies are just a few of the side effects of stress. Stress can also increase your risk for high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and more.

How does chronic stress affect us emotionally

Feeling stressed isn’t the only emotional consequence of chronic stress. Long-term stress can lead to burnout, anxiety and even depression. The constant worry that comes with stress may even prevent you from being able to get enough sleep at night, which just makes the other emotional effects of stress even more severe.

How does chronic stress affect us mentally?

Not only does stress have physical and emotional effects, it also affects us mentally. When you are under stress for a long period of time, it can lead to confusion and mental slowness. Stress also makes it difficult to think logically, and it can hurt your memory.

How does your body respond to stress?

When you are faced with a threat (regardless of if it is real or perceived), your hypothalamus, which is a small part of your brain that produces essential hormones, sounds the alarm throughout your body. This leads to the release of cortisol, the stress hormone, as well as adrenaline, from your adrenal glands. Adrenaline raises your heart rate, energy supplies and blood pressure, and cortisol curbs nonessential function in your body, like your digestive system and immune system. Your body was designed to deal with short-term stress, but when stress becomes a constant in your life, the elevated levels of cortisol can disrupt almost every single process and system in your body, which leads to the physical, mental and emotional consequences that we discussed above. Stress can be a scary thing, but luckily, dancing is a great way to find relief from your chronic stress. In our dance studio’s next blog, we’ll be going over the ways that dancing helps to relieve stress, so stay tuned to learn more!

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Nutrition And Dancing

Posted by Arthur Murray Dance on Tue, Nov 8, 2016 @ 09:11 AM

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You Can’t Work Off A Bad Diet

If you happened to read our blog on why dance is the best workout, you’ll know that dance is an excellent form of exercise and a great option for a fun workout. Dance can provide you with the exercise you need in order to gain aerobic endurance from swaying and gliding across the dance floor, and you’ll build muscles from squatting and lifting during dance steps. However, to live an overall healthy lifestyle, what you eat is just as important as what you do for exercise. How you eat can greatly impact what you get out of your dance lessons at Arthur Murray Dance Studios. Today, we will discuss why good nutrition and dancing go hand in hand.

Most people think that working out allows them to eat whatever they’d like. While it’s true that working out affords you the ability to enjoy some higher calorie foods on occasion, since you know you’ll work off the majority of the extra calories, the truth is, you can’t work off a bad diet.

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Why Nutrition Is So Important

In our current environment, it’s easy to get caught up in a fast-paced lifestyle that doesn’t lend itself to time for health and fitness. Most people think that if they can just make time for working out, then that is enough and the calories that they eat will get canceled out by physical activity. However, in order to get the most out of your wellness routine, nutrition is of the utmost importance. A good, well-balanced diet gives you the nutrients you need in order to be healthy, and to give you the energy you need to fuel your next workout at the dance studio.

Dance is a high-energy workout and you’ll need to be properly fueled in order to perform at your best. Creating a healthy diet for yourself that includes foods that are high in protein, healthy fats, and vitamins and minerals will not only fuel your next dance routine, but will also keep you happy and healthy. Here at Arthur Murray Dance Studios, we are not certified nutrition consultants, but we want to share the knowledge we have with you about creating a healthy lifestyle that will increase your energy and your vibrancy on the dance floor!

 

Healthy Foods To Try In Your Diet

  • Chicken
  • Lean meats
  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Healthy fats and oils

When you’re thinking about the types of food that you should include in your diet, you may think of the foods that are listed above. However, there are a few things you can do in order to take the list above a step further and really tailor your diet to be as healthy as possible.

When you’re choosing your meats, you can choose leaner cuts of meat that are skinless and have most of the fat trimmed away. Also, meats that indicate the food source that the animal ate such as grass-fed and cage free can be a healthier option. You can also look for cage-free eggs and wild, sustainably caught fish for the healthiest options.

When you’re choosing your fruits and vegetables, you can tailor your options to limit fruits and vegetables that are high in sugar and simple carbohydrates. Fruits and vegetables that are ranked as healthier options due to their low sugar and complex carbohydrates include: green apples, strawberries, blueberries, kale, spinach, broccoli, and sweet potatoes.

When you’re looking for healthy fats and oils, try cooking with coconut oil and use real butter. Your tastebuds will definitely thank you and you’ll get healthy fats and oils in your diet.  

A Diet That’s Right For You

Ultimately, each individual knows what works best for their body, and the types of foods they want to enjoy. There are so many options out there when it comes to health and diets. We only hope to spark some new ideas for healthy foods to try that will give you the energy you need for your next dance workout. When your body is fueled with healthy foods, you’ll definitely notice a difference in your energy level and your ability to give it your all the next time you go to dance the jive or the cha-cha.  

Don’t hesitate to call the Arthur Murray Dance studio that is closest to you in order to sign-up for your next dance class!

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Why Dancing Is The Best Workout

Posted by Arthur Murray Dance on Wed, Dec 9, 2015 @ 11:12 AM

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Dance As A Workout?

Working out can consist of different activities, from traditional types of workouts at the gym to non-traditional ways of working out, like taking a dance class. You can go the traditional route with exercise and spend an hour at the gym on the elliptical or in the pool swimming or trying to work those exercise machines that no one ever really seems to understand; those are all fine choices. However, if you want to get the most out of your workout and have fun while doing it, come to the Arthur Murray Dance Studio and ballroom dance your way to fitness.

How Good Of A Workout Is Dancing?

When you dance, you use your whole body. Your legs, your arms, your torso, they are all working when you’re dancing. Every type of dance will come with a different level of intensity depending on the style of dance you’re learning, but you can be sure you’ll be moving your whole body regardless of the style of dance you choose. Dance is both aerobic and anaerobic, which is key in getting as fit as possible. Aerobic dance exercises include swaying, twirling, jumping and hopping to name a few. Anaerobic dance exercises take place when you balance, squat, and lift. Dance will also improve your flexibility by stretching your body in ways that it’s not used to.

Why Should I Try Dance As A Workout?

Dance is the perfect workout for people who either don’t want to go to the gym to workout or for people who are burnt-out when it comes to their normal gym routine. Physical activity is an important part of health and wellness. If we have to workout, we might as well have fun doing it. Dance is guaranteed to be fun. Dance classes are like group fitness classes, but your class takes place at a dance studio instead of a fitness studio. Plus, you’ll be able to learn different ballroom dance styles and gain a new life skill.

When you try your first dance class at an Arthur Murray Dance Studio, you will see just how much fun you can have working out when you leave your first dance class both out of breath and smiling from the exciting new dance moves you learned.

Call Arthur Murray Dance Studio today to find the nearest dance studio to you and start working your way towards an active life!

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The Right Dance Program For You

Posted by Arthur Murray Dance on Wed, Feb 4, 2015 @ 13:02 PM

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At the Arthur Murray Dance Center, we want to provide people with the best possible dance experience our dance studio has to offer. An essential part of creating a positive dance experience has to do with ensuring that people are in the right dance program for their skill level.


Arthur Murray Dance uses a four tier dance program that splits our dancers into groups based on four different levels.


The first level starts with our Basic/Newcomer/Introductory Dance Program. This dance program will best suit you if you have never taken a dance lesson before, or if your last dance lesson took place while you were still in diapers!


The second level continues with the Associate Bronze Program and the Full Bronze Program. The Associate Bronze Program will focus on improving your movement. The Full Bronze Program will focus on developing timing and technique when it comes to all types of social dances.


The third level will move onto our Silver Program. The Silver Program hones in on a high degree of style. We will teach you techniques, movements, and how to bring your own style to the dances you’re learning.


The fourth level will finish with our Gold Program. When you reach the Gold Program, you will be considered a professional dancer. In this level, our instructors will focus on choreography, style, technique, and showmanship. What you learn in our Gold Program you will want to wow people with on the dance floor (maybe even a competitive dance floor).

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If you’re uncertain as to which dance program would best fit your skill level, please visit our system page which further explains our dance programs. If you have any questions, give us a call today! We would be happy to answer any questions you may have, and we will get you signed up for the right dance program for you!

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How To Avoid Dance Injuries

Posted by Arthur Murray Dance on Wed, Dec 3, 2014 @ 09:12 AM

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Here at Arthur Murray Dance Center, we want to provide the best dance studio experience you’ve ever had. One way we want to ensure you will have a positive outcome from your dance lessons is to make sure you take the proper precautions so that you do not get injured.


We have created a set of guidelines for you to follow so that you can have the best dance class experience that is 100 percent injury free.


  • The best way to begin a dance class is to get warmed up. Arrive early to every class and allow yourself time to warm up your muscles in order to avoid injury.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. You may see the professionals wearing shoes with a heel, but for your everyday dance class, it’s best to wear shoes you know you can move in without the fear of twisting an ankle.
  • If you’re feeling any kind of pain at all, take a break. It is not worth it to dance through the pain. When you feel pain, that’s your body's way of communicating that something is not right. Listen to your body, and take a break to determine if the pain is something that would cause a serious issue in the long run if it’s not attended to right away.
  • Pay attention to the proper techniques. Your dance instructor is not only there to teach you the dance moves, but to also teach you the proper techniques to complete each dance move. If you have questions about how to properly do something, ask! Your instructor and your body will thank you.
  • Drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated will keep your body functioning well.
  • Don’t take on too much too quickly. If you’re a beginner when it comes to dance, don’t sign up for more lessons than your body can handle. Try to find a dance class that is spread out throughout the week. Then you can have one day on and one day off in order to allow your body to rest.
  • If you have a previous injury or any health related issues that might cause a problem when it comes to dancing, consult a doctor before you take your first dance class. You and your doctor can determine the right path for you when it comes to physical exercise.
  • Make sure you aren’t just warming up, but that you are also taking time for a proper cool down. It is just as important to stretch at the end of a workout as it is to stretch at the beginning.

If you have questions about what level dance class would be a good fit for you, or if you’re not sure if you could keep up with the level of activity in any given dance class, please feel free to call us with questions. We would love to consult with you on what dance program would be right for you and how you can achieve your personal dance goals.

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Find the Arthur Murray Dance Studio closest to you, and call about our dance programs today!

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