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Dancing for your health

Dancing has been deeply rooted in human culture ever since the dawn of time, with our ancestors moving to rhythms long before they were able to read and write. Today, the combination of music and movement is not only fun, it also helps to keep us fit.

Dancing is not only a fun leisure activity; it is also a type of sport – one of a few that is suitable for every type, age and figure. While some prefer to dance as a couple, others like to move alone to modern music, and still others are happiest when dancing in groups to rich rhythms or classical melodies. In short, there are lots of options.

Dancing keeps you fit
You'll be doing your health a favour if you dance regularly because doing so has a positive effect on the whole body in that your movements stimulate your circulation and strengthen your heart. Furthermore, the positions and moves that dancing requires will strengthen your spine and exercise every muscle in your body. And your joints, too, will benefit, because dancing is considered a low-impact sport.

Dancing also stimulates your creativity, keeping you fit not only physically but also mentally, because remembering the steps trains the memory and coordination at the same time. People who dance will find that their concentration and dexterity improves.

Pure zest for life
Dancing is a very social sport. It's been proven that moving to music reduces stress and boosts the energy and zest for life of those who dance. And you can give your creativity free reign by improvising to the music and coming up with new steps together with a partner.

We recommend that health-conscious people spend at least one hour a week dancing. You may also consider doing an endurance sport, such as swimming, jogging, or walking, on the side as a way of staying fit.

Sport promotion contribution of up to CHF 600
SWICA contributes toward dance classes and private lessons with SWICA-recognised instructors and schools. From a COMPLETA PRAEVENTA plan, SWICA pays 50% of the cost or max. CHF 300 per year; from an OPTIMA plan, it pays an additional 90% or max. CHF 300. This contribution is part of the total contribution toward preventive healthcare.

09.03.2016

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