It doesn’t matter if you’re a pro or if you have two left feet, dancing is downright fun. But it’s not just fun, it’s great for you, too! Let’s see exactly how.
Besides waking up your cells and clearing the cobwebs from your soul (as I believe all movement does), dance is a type of cardio exercise, so the physical benefits are right in line with other aerobic activities.
Physical benefits of dancing may include:
- Improved heart health
- Improved balance and coordination
- Improved muscle strength, condition, and flexibility
- Improved lung capacity
- Improved range of motion
Plus, due to the variety of movements, dance works your body from all planes, rather than addressing one certain plane like walking, cycling, and running might.
Since there are so many types of dance, your level of physical exertion can also be customized to fit where you are in your own personal health journey. Lower impact dancing could be great for people with mobility or health issues, while highly physical dancing can be an exceptional challenge even for people in top physical shape.
Besides working out your body, dance may also benefit your mind. Here’s how:
- Improved memory and cognitive function — learning and remembering choreography like steps, counts, and patterns strengthens those brain muscles
- Improved mood — between the heart-pumping, uplifting music, the social aspect of dancing in a class or group, the freedom of movement, and the flood of endorphins that come from moving your body, it’s no wonder dance is a natural stress-busting mood-booster
Dance also allows you to really let loose and get in your zone, almost transporting you to another world where you can feel into your movements and express in any way that fits the moment. For people of all ages, sizes, and physical fitness levels, dance is the perfect body and soul exercise.
Do you love to dance? What’s your favorite type of dance and what’s your favorite benefit? Let me know in the comments below!
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