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Just Dance

Posted on: June 11th, 2012 by

How many of you guys are like me and dance around the house when nobody’s watching?  I know you won’t admit it, but you do.  Anyway, Long story short, I don’t have a real dance floor at my house, so I wanted to make sure my bouncing and jumping around wasn’t going to damage my wood floors (My house is lifted so it’s hollow under the floorboards).  On I found out that dancing on a wood floor is better for your back and knees than dancing on concrete or tile floors, which are too hard.  Dancing on hardwood floor or cushioned flooring lessens the impact on the joints and reduces the risk of injury.

I don’t have a ballet bar in my house and I don’t put on tap shoes.  I’m not a professional dancer by any means, but I’ve always enjoyed dancing. Whether or not I’m any good is a whole different discussion, but I was happy to read that dancing is great exercise, and depending on the intensity of the activity, you can burn anywhere from 100 to 400 calories in an hour.  Just 2 or 3 hours of social dancing can provide a moderate low-impact aerobic workout.  Because dance requires good posture, a person who engages in it will also walk better, breathe better and feel better as a result.  So, sometimes you might want to put away your exercise mat and just dance. 

In addition to the numerous health benefits, an evening of dancing can be an awful lot of fun, too.  You just need to take steps to minimize the toll on your feet.


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