These days, most people prefer watching others dance as they believe you have to be in a happy mood or be a good dancer to dance. What you may not realize is that you really don’t need any of these things to dance. A simple tapping of the feet, rolling the waist or nodding your head could do you much good. Maybe if certain dance benefits were revealed you would know that getting off the couch and dancing yourself is a great way to keep your body and mind healthy.
There are different forms of dance, ranging from ballroom to barn to disco dancing, and so much more. This practice has always been a part of our human culture, rituals and celebrations. These days, most dancing has either been about recreation, self-expression or competition. Whichever way, it is an enjoyable way to be more physically active and stay fit.
Unlike other forms of exercise, dancing provides so many health benefits and is also associated with fun. Dance benefits includes weight loss, flexibility, stress reduction, socialization and so much more.
Here are amazing dance benefits you could reap:
Boosts memory: Not only does dance instill grace, it also helps in a graceful aging. Dancing aids in boosting your memory and prevents you from developing dementia. Studies reveal that aerobic exercises like dancing can reverse volume loss in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for controlling memory.
Improves flexibility: Dancing also aids in improving your flexibility and reducing stiffness. You don’t necessarily need to be a professional ballet dancer to achieve this, you can skip the ballet slippers and still reap the benefits of ballet by practicing some slow movements and simple stretches at home.
Reduces stress: This might not be the best time to dance but if you’re feeling stressed out, you might want to grab someone or maybe just yourself, turn up the music, and dance! Studies have revealed that this practice can help bring about stress relief.
Eliminates depression: Same way this practice aids in reducing stress, it also aids in dealing with depression. Depressed individuals who engage in upbeat group dance show the fewest symptom of depression.
Helps your heart: Dancing is one great activity for individuals at risk of cardiovascular diseases as it helps your heart, not only helping it become larger, but also making it more efficient in the pumping of blood.
Burns calories: Engaging in any aerobic dance training helps you burn calories and also increases your aerobic power.
Improves your balance: Due to the fact that dancing requires a lot of movement (either slow or fast), and a good posture, frequent practice will help you stabilize and gain better control of your body.
Having known these benefits, I don’t think you still belong to that couch you’re sitting on. Get on your feet and start reaping the many health benefits of dance today.