7 reasons dancing is the only New Year’s resolution you need


Dance Better Now

I know a lot a people don’t agree with making New Year’s resolutions these days. Why make a promise to yourself that you will break in a month’s time, right? But whether or not you are jumping on the bandwagon this time of year, believe me, you need to try dancing.
Here’s why:
Fitness: It’s January and you are sitting looking at your stomach dreading the hours you are going to have to put in at the gym to remove that festive bulge. How about dancing instead? Salsa burns approximately 440 calories per hour, belly dancing approximately 360 for intense styles and tap can burn between 200 and 700 depending on the amount of steps you do. And the great thing about dance is that it is actually fun. I don’t dance to keep fit; I dance because I love it. Losing weight is a glorious side effect! There’s an awesome article here for more of the health benefits of dancing.
Social: I have a friend in most major cities in the country. This isn’t me having a massive ego trip, I just want to demonstrate the power of the dancing network. Dancing is a great way to meet new people, whether your motives are friendship or romantically inclined. Wherever you go, if there are dancers there, you are never alone.
Endorphins: Dancing is the perfect way to feel good safely and with no ill effects to your health. It’s even used as a form of therapy, check out this article here.
Stress relief: Dancing provides you with an escape hatch. A place you can go where day to day life melts away. The combined physical and mental stimulation is a powerful combination and once you get a taste of this I challenge you to not come back!
Affordable: Whether you are going to a local class or learning on-line, dancing is pretty inexpensive compared to most hobbies. Unless you are competing in ballroom and “need” a bespoke dress for every category that is!
Life skills: Dancing has so many transferable skills that you can carry with you outside of the studio. If you are a partner dancer you learn how to work as a team, how to look after one another and how to listen (but not with your ears). A solo dance session can teach you more about your body in one hour than a cardio session at the gym ever will.
Dance clothes: This one is more for the ladies than the guys. But dancing does give you an excuse to add loads of new items to your wardrobe. A favourite of mine is Honeystore for when it comes to dance shoes (affiliate link ).
So if you’ve never danced before, do it now……..If you have had a break from it……… do it now! Here’s Shia Labeouf with some parting words of inspiration if you are still lacking motivation.

Until next time Nick Stephens

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2 thoughts on “7 reasons dancing is the only New Year’s resolution you need

  1. Starting dance lessons at age 65 is the best thing I have done! I was never “sporty” or athletic at school, I now realise that this was though lack of teaching. I am now 71 and still going strong thanks to my very patient and supportive teachers.

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