I reveal all my staying skinny zen secrets in my book and blogs, but this one is my ultimate FAVORITE - dance. Dancing makes your spirit sing. Have you ever watched the videos of the biddies talking about their regrets? What does the fabulous one always say - you know, the one in her gorgeous suit, perfectly coifed hair and blood red lipstick: “I wish I had danced more!” Lady, I hear you! You are my tribe!
Dance increases circulation, strengthens muscles, benefits the brain, decreases weight, relieves stress, raises confidence, and is healing to the soul, thus creating breast health. Dancing is the breast exercise.
Dance IS the best cardio therapy
A study from the University of Brighton, led by Drs. Nick Smeeton and Gary Brickley, found that dance styles including contemporary, street and swing burned more calories than running, swimming or cycling for the same amount of time.
“Dance not only appears to increase positive and reduce negative emotions, which are typical effects of exercise, but we also found that dancing actually reduced feelings of fatigue too,” says Dr. Nick Smeeton,. “People may be familiar with runners’ high and there appears to be a similar effect after dancing, too. Furthermore, it seems to have an energizing effect. Add in the known benefits of social interaction you get whilst dancing and it becomes a powerful way to improve your health and well-being.”
Dancing benefits your brain and muscles
Learning to dance is physically and mentally challenging. The brain has two hemispheres, the left, which controls linear or logical thinking, and the right, which is controls emotion and creativity. When you complete a task like a puzzle you are using both sides of the brain, thus benefitting that beautiful mind of yours to decrease risk of dementia and Alzheimers disease while increasing memory and cognitive function, evolving into one hell of a smarty pants. Rock climbing or learning to dance are also included in puzzles, since you are having to think about your next move or puzzling together your path or steps. When you combine a puzzle with exercise you’re strengthening not only your muscles, but your brain power!
Richard Powers of Stanford University reports that dancing increases intelligence and improves muscle memory. Dancing requires decision making, which he says is the “essence of intelligence.” He also reports dancing uses “several brain functions at once…kinesthetic, rational, musical and emotional.”
Another 21-year study at the University of Albert Einstein College of Medicine found that senior citizens who frequently danced reduced their risk of dementia by 76 percent, which was interestingly double that of any other cognitive or physical activity.
Just dance! Tell ’em you’re doing the brain boogie!
Dancing improves balance and decreases dizziness
Many women suffer from dizziness and as we get older it is important to start actives that improve our balance to reduce falls. Researchers at Imperial College London studied the difference in ballet dancers and same aged female rowers. Aerobic exercise is linear like rowing, but what they discovered is that dance uses proprioception – the body’s unconscious perception of movement and orientation – and balance. Proprioception, basically, is what allows us to move our limbs without looking at them. Driving is the perfect example: We can keep our eyes on the road and use our hands and arms to steer the car, while our legs and feet are manipulating speed. Other activities using proprioception are tree climbing and rock climbing.
Now here is your proof that dancing battles depression. Researchers Akandere and Demir found with their study, "The Effect of Dance Over Depression," that after 12 weeks of dance, a group of co-ed dancers, as compared to a control group, had decreased depression.
Dancing makes you feel happy, confident and sexy
Serotonin and endorphins are brain chemicals that affect your mood and energy levels. When you dance, your body naturally releases these neurotransmitters, which reduces stress and depression. Added to the fact that it increases circulation, which benefits the heart and lungs, and strengthens muscle tone, dance is an incredible form of exercise.
The floor is my canvas and I am the artist!
Dancing makes me feel beautiful and sexy which gives me my confidence to fight breast cancer with my groundbreaking research. I was born dancing and I’ve never stopped. I have never joined a group or team or choreographed (until now), I am just an amazing average girl who loves to dance.
#breastcancerbootcamp is not just nutritional preventative support from my research, which is found in my book and blogs, but also physical. Both are imperative to reducing risk of all diseases. Together with my #breastcoach we are developing dance classes for all age groups and fitness levels to get you healthy and keep you strong. We are beginning with the Sexy Girls level, then creating the Mommy & Me program and along with my mother, a dance teacher - yup, where the hell did you think I got it from? - we will create gentle and simple dance programs called the Silver Fox and Get Back in The Game for women overcoming illnesses, to keep you happily twirling late into your life.
Most of my patients learn about #honesthormones therapy and find an increase in their sexual desire and activity. #bresatcancerbootcamp Dance will assist those of you who want to ramp it up in the bedroom with our sexy routines that you can perform for your man! It’s allll about the love, right?! And I am here to kindly assist with hormone balance found in my book and blogs enhancing your sexual and romantic relationships along with these sexy moves that will leave him wanting YOU more.
For added benefits follow the Estrogen Free Dare for easy, simple, affordable weight loss, which also reduces risk of breast cancer, as well as infertility, hormone disorders like PMS and symptoms of menopause. I got you fully covered, ladies! This is holistic medicine.
Never let “them” tell you to grow up or that the party ends - it doesn’t, it just changes. Attend #breastcancerbootcamp Dance Party, have girl’s night, throw cocktail parties, dance with your kids or your man, but more importantly, learn to dance with yourself! Open a bottle of bubbly, blast the tunes and dance it off! Dance like no one is watching. Cause they aren’t, unless they have binoculars. In that case, wear something pretty.
Enlist and dance.
Help me change the world. Why walk when you can dance, dance dance.
Wendy Sellens is a Chinese medical doctor, breast thermologist, thermography and hormone researcher and protégé to William B. Hobbins M.D., one of the original mammography researchers, leading researcher in thermography and renowned breast surgeon. She is following her mentor’s pioneering spirit and is president of the consumer advocacy group the Women’s Academy of Breast Thermography, president of The Pink Bow Breast Thermography Research and Education non-profit, author of “Breast Cancer Boot Camp – Dr. Hobbins’s Thermography Revolution” and creator of the Estrogen Free® lifestyle to dramatically reduce risk of breast cancer and hormonal disorders in the entire family.
Made with heaps of love, insurmountable work, oodles of research, the usual blood, sweat, tears, and of course sacrifice of my social life and a few minor melt downs. #thebreastdoc Wendy Sellens DAOM WABT-BTI ~ THE No BS Breast Thermologist
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