Sunday, October 15, 2017

Dance Benefits

It’s time to get your groove on.
Dancing has a way of taking your cares away. It doesn’t matter if it’s the Electric Slide, the Macarena or your own crazy moves. Who hasn’t gotten lost in an upbeat song as they jumped around?
But not only does it feel good to the soul, dancing also has some major health perks. Research shows dancing can improve your mental health by boosting your overall happiness. If you’re looking for a reason to shake it off today, check out some of the benefits below. Dance party, anyone?
  • Dancing is a great cardio workout.
    Like any good, low-impact cardio workout, dancing can improve cardiovascular health, increase stamina, strengthen bones and muscles and stave off illnesses. But aside from the perks associated any heart-pounding activity, dancing has a cardio edge with unique benefits that actually can’t be achieved by other low-impact exercises. 

    “Dancing can give you more than traditional cardio,” Fabio Comana, an exercise physiologist and education team member for the National Academy of Sports Medicine, told HuffPost. 

    Comana describes five components of fitness: cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, muscular endurance, body composition and muscular strength. An activity like running on the treadmill may improve cardiovascular endurance and body composition, but an activity like dancing can actually target those two as well as muscular endurance and flexibility. And that’s on top of improved balance, agility, coordination, power, reactivity and speed, he explains. 

    But we’re not talking slow dances here — to count as true cardio, Comana suggests aiming for an exertion level somewhere between a 5 and a 7 on a scale where 1 is resting and 10 is the hardest thing you can do. Try the talk test: You shouldn’t be so out of breath that you can’t speak, but your words should be a little choppy and your breath heavy.
  • It’s fun.
    “If exercise is not an enjoyable experience, we’re not going to do it,” Comana said. And the bottom line is that dancing is, plain and simple, fun in the way a monotonous treadmill run probably never will be. Plus, busting a move can trigger the release of feel good hormones like serotonin and endorphins. 

    “People think, ‘I’m not exercising, I’m dancing,’” he continued. “But at the end of the day, you’re moving and you’re burning calories. It’s just as good as a cardio class.” 

    And, as fitness expert Tracey Mallet explains, not only will you be more likely to stick with a fitness routine if it’s fun, but you’ll also want to do it for longer. “This will push you to move for a longer period of time than typical exercise, purely because it’s a lot of fun and not the dreaded word ‘exercise,’” she told HuffPost. “Dance inspires people to get in shape with something they love to do, which doesn’t feel like dreaded exercise or a bad chore, but fun and exhilarating.”
  • It can be a social activity.
    As much as we all love to dance when there’s nobody watching, there’s something irresistible about dancing with other people, whether it’s with a partner or a class-full of fellow booty shakers. 

    “Group fitness is seeing a surge in popularity because of Zumba,” Comana said. And working out in a class can help to up the difficulty level and increase accountability.
  • Anyone can dance.
    “The nice thing about dance is that it’s inclusive,” Comana explained. “Exercise is not inclusive, some people feel like they don’t have the skill set and they’re embarrassed ... I think anyone can just start to dance and enjoy the experience.” 

    Nervous about dancing in front of people? Start out in your own living room, moving to a song you just can’t resist. “There is a dancer in all of us,” Mallett said, “and when we move our body to the music we naturally smile and want to keep moving.” 

    And don’t let two left feet keep you from joining in on the fun. “Don’t get intimidated because you feel like you’re not a good dancer. Who cares?” Mallett stressed. “It’s about you moving your body in your way not like the rest of the people in the class. Zone out and focus on how great you feel and that no one is judging your abilities.”
  • It can keep your brain sharp.
    We’ve all heard by now that lifestyle habits like aiming for better sleep can help to keep your brain sharp. But, according to one study, so can dancing

    The findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggest that getting footloose on a regular basis is linked with a 76 percent reduction in dementia risk — about as much as playing board games or a musical instrument. Other physical activities, such as bicycling, walking and doing housework, weren’t associated with any decreased risk.
  • It’s gentle on the body.
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    The wide variety of moves (anyone up for the robot?) that we bust out when boogying down can actually be a lifesaver for your body, as you’re avoiding the wear and tear of repetitive motions. 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Benefits of Drinking Water

Drink Water 


1. Increases Energy & Relieves Fatigue

Since your brain is mostly water, drinking it helps you think, focus and concentrate better and be more alert. As an added bonus, your energy levels are also boosted!

2. Promotes Weight Loss

Removes by-products of fat, reduces eating intake (by filling up your tummy if consumed prior to meals), reduces hunger (hello natural appetite suppressant!), raises your metabolism and has zero calories!

3. Flushes Out Toxins

Gets rid of waste through sweat and urination which reduces the risk of kidney stones and UTI’s (urinary tract infections).

4. Improves Skin Complexion

Moisturizes your skin, keeps it fresh, soft, glowing and smooth. Gets rid of wrinkles. It’s the best anti-aging treatment around!

5. Maintains Regularity

Aids in digestion as water is essential to digest your food and prevents constipation.

6. Boosts Immune System

A water guzzler is less likely to get sick. And who wouldn’t rather feel healthy the majority of the time? Drinking plenty of water helps fight against flu, cancer and other ailments like heart attacks.

7. Natural Headache Remedy

Helps relieve and prevent headaches (migraines & back pains too!) which are commonly caused by dehydration.

8. Prevents Cramps & Sprains

Proper hydration helps keep joints lubricated and muscles more elastic so joint pain is less likely.

9. Puts You In A Good Mood

When the body is functioning at its best, you will feel great and be happy!

10. Save Money!

Water is FREE! Even if you choose bottled/filtered water, it’s STILL cheaper than that high sugar and fat-filled latte!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Is the Internet Bad for Society and Relationships?

The Internet becomes a bigger part of our lives everyday, making life more convenient but also taking away the human element of living in the moment and making relationships more superficial, survey respondents told the Pew Research Center.


 published a survey of 1,000 U.S. adults about their views of how the Internet impacts their lives, which it conducted in January. When asked if the Internet has been good or bad for society, 15 percent of respondents said it was bad, 76 percent said it was good and 8 percent said it was both good and bad. 
Respondents agreed the Internet was good for individuals, however. When asked if the Internet was good for themselves 90 percent said it was good, 6 percent said bad and 3 percent said both good and bad.