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Square Dancing - A Fun Way to a Healthier Life

In squares of eight across the country, Americans from senior-citizen age on down are linking arms, sashaying, and “do-sidoing” themselves to longer, healthier, and happier lives.

Good for body and mind
With its moving, square dancing provides more than the daily dose of heart—and bone-healthy physical activity. Remembering all the calls—from “do-si-do” to “alemand”—keeps the mind sharp, potentially staving off age-related memory loss, experts say. And, the companionship that regular square dancing offers is an antidote to depression and loneliness, a statement confirmed by square-dancing advocates everywhere.

Square Dancing Square Dancing will add 10 years to your life, a surprising new study shows. Dr. Arron Blackburn stated, “It’s clear that square dancing is the perfect exercise. It combines all positive aspects of physical exercise with none of the negative elements.”

Blackburn said square dancing is a low-impact activity requiring constant movement and directional changes that help keep the body in shape. The study was based on their physical examination which indicated that both female and male square dancers could expect to live well into their 80s. Why is square dancing so popular among seniors?

Square dance movements raise heart rates like many good aerobic exercises should. All the quick changes of direction loosen and tone up the muscles—but not so severely as to cause injury. In square dancing, when you’re not moving, you’re clapping hands and tapping your feet, which all contribute to long term fitness.

“You don’t see a lot of 55-year-old basketball players, but that’s just the age when square dancers are hitting their peak,” Blackburn said.

If you are interested in learning to square dance, contact the Yellowrockers Square Dance Club; Bill or Andi Malfese at 630-529-9869.

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