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Child Development

8 Incredible Health Benefits of Enrolling Your Child in Dance Classes

Many of us have memories of heading to tap, jazz, or ballet classes as little girls, and want the same for our children. While we hope it will be a great way for them to make friends, have fun, and get some of their abundant energy out, there are actually a ton of other incredible benefits, too. If you are thinking of enrolling your child in dance classes, read on to find out why you should!

1.    Provides a Great Opportunity to Make Friends Outside of School

School can be tough, even for the brightest and most extroverted of children. We can all remember a time in our school lives when our friendship group abandoned us or a best friend moved away, and we felt alone and vulnerable. Unfortunately, there will likely be a time for your child, too, and so having friends at dance class means they have others to turn to.

2.    Boosts Self Esteem

If you’ve ever taken a dance class yourself, you’ll know the feeling of confidence you get when you get all the steps right. For children, dance classes can provide the perfect place to try new things and gain confidence doing something they love. It’s also a great way to increase their physical self-awareness so they can excel in other sports.

3.    Increases Fitness

Dancing can be a strenuous activity, but unlike other forms of exercise, you’ll never see a dancer dancing their heart out with an expression that says they’d rather be anywhere else in the world! Dancing is f-u-n, which is why it’s such an incredible form of exercise. Your child won’t even know they’re burning calories and increasing their fitness, they’ll just be grooving to the music!

4.    It Gives Non-Academic Kids a Chance to Shine

Some of us struggle with certain subjects more than others, and if your child shows a flair for moving their body, you should absolutely enroll them in dance classes. It may be the place they truly excel, and it can even help them gain critical learning skills that can help them perform better in the classroom, too.

5.    Dancing is a Creative Outlet

Dancing is not just about learning the steps – it’s about relaxing into a state of flow and letting the music guide your movements. With the rise of jazz in the 1920s, young people finally shrugged off the stiff ballroom movements of the 19th century. Nowadays, dancing is about creativity and art, so give your child that outlet.

6.    It’s a Great Opportunity to Try on New Identities

Every dancer started with one form of dance, such as jazz or ballet, but many take several different dance classes or find their favorite form of dance later down the line. This allows them to try on new ways of moving and dressing so they can experiment and find the things they love early.

7.    Improves Flexibility

Not only does dancing improve your child’s flexibility, but it can last for decades if they continue to stay active. Many dancers continue to be able to do the splits and bend in ways an inactive person takes years to master. People with a high level of flexibility enjoy better posture, better muscle tone, and have a decreased risk of injury.

8. It’s a Mood Booster

Life is full of ups and downs, but getting that blood flowing and moving to great music will get the endorphins (AKA the happy hormone!) pumping so your child will feel much brighter and happier when they leave class than when they arrived.

So grab your child their first pair of jazz shoes, ballet shoes, or tap shoes, and find a class to enroll them in near you. They’ll make a ton of friends, have plenty of fun, and increase their physical and mental wellness to boot!

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Fitness

The Best Fitness Programs for the Whole Family

Getting the whole family to exercise together can be quite a challenge, especially if you have kids who can’t seem to get away from their video games or computers. The best technique to do this successfully is to introduce fitness programs that everyone can enjoy. Once you make your regular exercise routine fun and engaging, everyone will enjoy doing them. Start out slowly and get the family used to exercising together, then turn it into a habit.

For those who are new at this, here are a few fitness programs that are good for the whole family.

Jogging and Calisthenics

Jogging and doing calisthenics as a group is fun and can bring your family closer as a unit. Jogging and calisthenic exercises are great for shedding some excess fat and building some muscles. The best thing about these exercises is that they don’t require any equipment. You can do them with your family in a public park or field.

Yoga

Yoga is an exercise program that can make a person both mentally fit and internally healthy because it focuses more on the internal strength of the body as opposed to the external strength. Breathing is heavily emphasized in yoga as yoga practitioners believe that the only way to control the body and keep it fit is through proper breathing and slow movements. You can enroll your whole family in a yoga class and share the experience to your neighbors.

Dance Classes

If you come from a family that likes to dance, then all of you can enroll in dance classes. Dancing is great for fitness because it can improve your cardiovascular functions and make your body more flexible. Dancing is also fun and is something that the whole family can enjoy together.

Martial Arts

If your family likes to do something really strenuous, then a martial arts class is the best program to enroll in. Not only can martial arts keep you fit, but it can also be a therapeutic activity. The best thing about this activity is that it allows the whole family to practice together. Some great martial arts programs to take up would be Karate, Jiu Jitsu, Boxing, and Judo.

Gym Time

You could also enroll your whole family in a gym and attend it as a group. You can get better rates if you do so. Each of you can have a different program, depending on your health condition and body type. A personal training assistant will be assisting each of your family members in getting used to a customized exercise program. After that, all of you can work out together.

When you exercise as a family, you have to first discuss which exercise program all of you can enjoy first. Then, you can come up with a plausible workout schedule. However, once you’ve created a fitness program schedule for the family, you must make sure that everyone will follow it diligently. Otherwise, all will be in vain.

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Fitness

Marathon Bound – Insanity Has Entered the Building

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Now let’s not get too crazy. We will start small and work our way up. I for one, hate running! I don’t know what I’m thinking but I know that it’s a goal I want to set for myself. Going to the gym five days a week for the past six months has really amped me up for wanting to teach my daughter a way of life, a healthy lifestyle. I didn’t get a huge dose of watching my parents work out when I was growing up. My dad was athletic and we enjoyed playing basketball, baseball and swimming as a family but it was never a day to day thing and wasn’t ingrained into our lives.

After I had Reagan and my husband and I had made the choice that I would stay home with the baby I needed to find an outlet that would enable me to still have adult time. My girlfriend told me about Stroller Strides and said it had saved her life. I looked up the group closest to me when we lived in Pennsylvania and found the best group of women. Our instructor Rosemary literally turned around my entire perspective on working out and enjoying it!

In six months I had lost 15 pounds and started to tone my body and I enjoyed it! It was fitness for mom and fun for baby. I’ve never worked out so hard in my life! It’s not a bunch of moms pushing and running with a stroller. It’s a full body boot camp and it is tough! Reagan loved it too! She could play with the other kids and we would incorporate the babies into our workouts to make it even tougher. I made some wonderful friendships and I knew at that moment I was going to survive mommyhood. Not only because I was meeting friends and getting out of the house but because I was doing something for myself that I’d always wanted to do but never knew where to start.

After Brian and I moved back home to California with Reagan I needed to find something that was going to keep me moving. Reagan was getting too big for her stroller or rather decided she didn’t want to sit in it for an hour anymore so I joined a gym! I found classes that I could go to and take advantage of the day care at the gym. For the past six months I fell in love with going to the gym. I lost another 15 pounds, toned my muscles and fell in love with Pilates! I have really embraced being healthy, eating healthy as a family and I love to work out. So what’s with the latest epiphany? A goal, nothing more. Something to reach for an attain. Something for me. Something to pass onto my daughter and show her that she can do anything she puts her mind to. My goal is to run a 1/2 marathon in December.

So as I embark on my newly found journey and laugh at myself for hating all things running I smile at my courage and welcome it! If you find yourself in a position that you just need a someone to kick you in the ass and get you started, reach out to me and we will do it together! It will be a journey for all of us!