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Square dancing is good for your health

Looking for a fun way to exercise? Want to meet new friends? How about some laughter in your life?

Did your doctor tell you to be more active? If you answered “yes” to any or all of these questions, then square dance is the answer.

A surprising study shows that square dancing will add 10 years to your life. Dr. Aaron Blackburn states, “It’s clear that square dancing is the perfect exercise. It combines all positive aspects of intense physical exercise with none of the negative elements.”

Square dance is a low impact activity requiring constant movement and quick directional changes that help keep the body in shape and the mind sharp. It is also good aerobic exercise, raising your heart rate as you dance and laugh.

The quick changes of direction loosen and tone up your muscles and when you’re not moving, you”re still clapping your hands or tapping your foot, which all contributes to long-term fitness.

Square dancing is also great for improved mental well-being. If you are feeling lonely or withdrawn, just being around your square dance friends and touching hands as you dance will help brighten your day and soon you forget your troubles and are enjoying the gift of friendship and laughter, which can add years to your life. Many square dancers are still dancing in their 90s!

If laughter is the best medicine, then square dancing is certainly a good place to find it. As one of our new members remarked, it’s like being a kid again and laughing that good belly laugh just makes you feel so good.

If you are interested in improving your health and making new friends, all while having a great time, then give square dancing a try.

Goldancers Square Dance Club will be starting a new class on Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. We meet weekly at the Golden Empire Grange in Grass Valley. For more information, call 530-477-7370 or e-mail basindorf@yahoo.com.

Barbara Sindorf lives in Grass Valley.


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