Calling all Chocoholics! Keep Eating...Then Dance!
With Easter right around the corner, you're probably looking forward to filling baskets and gobbling up the treats. Go ahead, indulge!
If you are a self-described chocoholic, you likely are a fan of the scientific studies revealing eating dark chocolate improves blood flow, lowers blood pressure, improves heart health and boosts brain function.
As a card-carrying adult, however, you also know that everything is not what it seems.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but all those “chocolate is great for you” statistics you’ve been hearing about are a bit skewed. For example, it’s true, flavanols (in dark chocolate, sorry milk chocolate lovers!) do send signals to the body to relax, thereby improving blood flow. That’s a proven scientific fact.
However, many studies also showed eating chocolate had little to no effect in lowering blood pressure in people suffering from hypertension.
That doesn’t mean you need to stop indulging in cocoa-liciousness, you just have to balance it out with activities that allow you to have your chocolate and eat it, too.
While chocolate may not lower blood pressure, ballroom dancing has been proven to to be one of the very best activities to keep your heart healthy! In fact, according to a Harvard University study, ballroom dancing is actually better than many other types of exercise for improving cardiovascular health, including biking and walking!
Get Heart Healthy! Just like chocolate, dancing has proven to be helpful for people at risk for heart disease. In one Italian study, people suffering from early signs of cardiovascular disease began taking dance lessons. Those very same people previously diagnosed with early stage heart failure were able to breathe easier and showed signs of reduced risk after taking up waltzing!
But wait, there are so many healthy reasons to take up ballroom dancing.
In addition to being a great way to keep your ticker ticking, ballroom dancing offers many emotional and physical benefits. No matter your age or size, you can cha cha, foxtrot and waltz your way to good health.
Did you know:
Ballroom dancing helps to build and strengthen muscles. You don't need to be a bodybuilder, but strong muscles are the key to being able to get up and go!
Feeling sluggish? Get dancing because it improves endurance, flexibility and balance.
Ballroom dancing is great fun, but it's also amazing exercise! Need to lose weight? Let's dance!
As we age, it’s critically important to do everything possible to strengthen bones. Ballroom dancing has been proven to reduce the risk of bone-damaging osteoporosis and improve posture.
And, it is SO much more fun than running on a treadmill. (Trust us...even more fun that gorging on chocolate!)
Bottom line: if there’s any truth to the fact that dark chocolate lowers bad cholesterol and protects against cardiovascular disease and boosts brain health, we say “dig in!”Just do yourself a favor, while you are enjoying that sweet chocolate treat, make an appointment for your free first ballroom dance lesson. Your heart, brain and hips will thank you!