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Spice Up Your Marriage: 5 Benefits of Salsa Dancing for Couples

There are a lot of activities that modern couples may participate in as a way to spend quality time together. They might dine out, go to movies, or play video games at home. And for overworked adults, this is often the extent of any given date night. But over time these pursuits can become…well…boring, to say the least. And if your relationship has started to stagnate, the romance has faded, and you find yourselves taking each other for granted more and more, you might be looking for ways to spice up your marriage. And while a salsa dance class probably isn’t the first thing you think of, you might be surprised by the benefits you can gain, both personally and as a couple, when you and your spouse sign up for lessons in this fun and energetic form of dance. Here are just a few reasons why taking a salsa class as a couple is a great idea.

  1. Man Dancing with WomanGet fit. Over time, our lifestyles and aging in general can lead to changing metabolism, weight gain, and loss of muscle mass. Luckily, dancing is one activity that can help you address your fitness woes. If you’re looking for a fun way to spend some time with your partner that allows both of you to increase strength, tone, and stamina, as well as drop a few unwanted pounds, then you’ll be happy to hear that dance classes and extra practice can fulfill your needs on all counts, as well as providing you with the quality time you need as a couple.
  2. Boost energy. The more time you spend dancing, the more you’ll realize how good it makes you feel. Like most forms of aerobic exercise, fast-paced salsa dancing gets your heart pumping and improves cardiovascular function. As a result you’ll notice a major boost to your energy levels every time you participate in classes or practice at home. This could give you and your partner the impetus to get out and participate in further fitness activities.
  3. Reduce stress. Our busy, modern lives are filled with stressors thanks to long hours spent working and commuting, not to mention other obligations. Dancing can help to reduce stress in general, and dancing with your spouse can inject a dose of fun into both of your lives, helping you to relax and cope with the demands of your daily schedule.
  4. Try something new together. If you don’t make an effort to try new things together as a couple, your relationship is bound to get a little stale over time. And the fact that your interests change as you grow up and grow older could leave the two of you growing apart. In order to discover activities that you both find fun and stimulating, you’re going to have to try new things. And salsa dancing is something that most couples have yet to try.
  5. Rekindle your romance. When you first fall in love, you spend your time flirting, kissing, and gazing into each other’s eyes. But over time, that feeling can fade as the complications of daily life steep you in minutiae. When this happens, you need to shake things up, and nothing gets you shaking like creating a Salsa calendarcomplete with classes and practice times. If you’re looking to spark the flame in your romance that has long since subsided to embers, a little Latin rhythm and some booty-shaking beats can definitely do the trick.

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