Health benefits of dance

Martha Graham once said that “Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body”. Dance is the rhythmic move of the body most times to music, although dance is not always associated with music. Dance is many things to several people, some see dance as an art, some a hobby, others see it as a money-brewing skill. Whatever dance means to you, I would love you to know that there are amazing health benefits associated with dancing.

I came across these benefits sometime ago and I decided to share it. It was when I saw these benefits associated with dance that I understood why a friend of mine ensures he dances at least 30 minutes everyday when he returns from work, just before he takes his night bath.

  • Dance helps keep the body active: For people of all age and sizes, Dance serves as a form of exercise, vitalizing the body and keeping you active. Dancing regularly also helps you gain more body balance as you age.
  • People that dance often have flexible bodies, this flexibility helps reduce body stiffness and keeps the joints and muscles healthy.

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  • Dance is also a great form of recreation. Attending dancing classes and participating in competitions helps boost your confidence level and is a good avenue for socializing. Dance can also help you develop you memory as you have to remember several dance patterns, it can help build a retentive memory.
  • Dancing especially when done from your heart and of your own free will and not because you were compelled to has a psychological effect and it aids in diminishing depression and can greatly relieve one’s stress level as it increase our endorphin levels.
  • Dance also improves balance and posture. Dancing can also help in losing weight.¬†Dance is a wonderful form of exercise and is as helpful as other aerobic exercises like jumping, running, and cycling. So are you bored of your regular¬†aerobic routine? Turn up the music and do some dancing!
  • Another amazing fact about dance is that it helps you gracefully age. Aerobic exercises can help reverse the volume loss in the part of the brain that controls memory also known as the hippocampus. Dance is a form of aerobic exercise and when done often even though the volume of hippocampus naturally falls as you age, it has a sort of reverse effect which can go a long way in preventing dementia and other manners of memory loss.

Even if like me you think you are not skilled at dancing, dance anyway! Dancing has very wonderful health benefits and inculcating say 15 of freestyle dancing into your day sure would not be a bad start.