Ballroom dancing and Other Physical Activities
How Does Ballroom Dancing Strengthen your Bones?
A bone is basically a rigid living organ that constitutes the largest proportion of our vertebral skeleton. It reacts to any increases in load or any forces upon it by growing stronger and rigid. Having healthy and strong bones is any other person's concern. In fact, a condition termed as osteoporosis is associated with bone weaknesses or what doctors like to call insufficient bone mass. This condition can result to dislocations and fractures in the spine, wrist, hip and shoulders according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Statistically, approximately 1.5 million people suffer fractures caused by osteoporosis every year.
Fortunately, engaging in weight bearing or strength training activities is the ultimate preventive measures against conditions like osteoporosis. Ballroom dancing is typically a form of weight-bearing activity considering that it's the legs that support the entire parts of the body. The National Osteoporosis Foundation has ascertained that the high intensity exercises associated with dancing causes formation of new bone tissues, making you bones stronger and rigid. They also makes the muscles stronger by tugging and pushing them against the bones during stretching and broadening.
Ballroom dancing and other physical activities strengthen the bones by triggering small amount of damages. When that happen, special cells called osteoblasts rushes to the area of stress of the bone, absorbing and replacing the damaged cells with completely new functional ones. They build new bones fragments in the area, adding strength that's greater than that of the previous bone. However, if there is insufficient amounts of calcium and vitamin D in your body system, then there is a likelihood that few osteoblasts will be released. Therefore, to enjoy comprehensive benefits of ballroom dancing, it is a requirement that you consume roughly between 800 and 1000 units of vitamin D in every meal to ensure that your system can suitably absorb calcium ions. It is also a requirement that you consume meals supplemented with 150 milligrams of calcium preferably once per day.
Ballroom dancing increase our overall bone density, strength, balance and coordination. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, the more bone density we can accumulate in our childhood, the better chances we have to avoid a later bone diagnosis. However, it is worth noting that high impact dancing movements like point work and resistance training can lead to stress fractures especially if those involved fail to get adequate rest. Dancer should follow the stipulated nutritional requirements to promote good bone health, and their activities should be coordinated by a specialist choreographer. In case you've ever experienced osteoporosis or fractures before, avoid high-impact ballroom dancing. Every exercise you take not only reduces the risk of fractures and osteoporosis but also those of other conditions including heart failure, cancer and high blood pressure.
You should always be on your workout shoes particularly when performing resistance dancing tricks to avoid serious falls like hiking, skiing or skating. You should also involve your doctor before trying out a new exercise particularly if you're on medications to avoid further complications.