Feel Healthy By Going Country

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Feeling extra patriotic around July 4th, last week I stepped out of my comfort zone, and I went line dancing!  I love trying new things, but I was terrified at the same time. First of all, I like country music, but I would not consider myself “country.”  Second, I am clumsy and lanky and line dances are choreographed and coordinated.

ImageWell, this was the most fun I’ve had in college!  My friends and I danced for a good three hours together, and although the country club we went to had a bar, neither I nor my legal-aged friends felt the need to drink. I never felt awkward or uncomfortable once, and the dance floor was full of other line dancing novices. If you squeeze into the middle of the crowd and keep an eye on the experts, most of the dances are very easy to catch on to.

Line dancing creates an incredibly welcoming social atmosphere, gives you a great workout,and puts your mind to good use.

Here are the top benefits I experienced channeling my inner country:

  1. It gives your brain a boost. Line dancing requires the memorization of specific steps and sequences. This helps build memory skills, and decreases the risk of future dementia.
  2. It’s a full body workout. Line dancing involves a lot of running and sliding movements. All of that extra stepping, squatting, and spinning gives you a great cardiovascular, flexibility, and strength workout.
  3. It helps the ego. Dancing can help build confidence, decrease stress, and puts you in an environment to meet new people.  Mastering new dance moves also creates awesome feelings of accomplishment

The closest location is on US 301, about a 20 minute drive from the USF campus, so grab some friends and test out your line-dancing abilities, meet new people, and get in a full-body cardio workout

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