10 Amazing Health Benefits Of Dancing
Thanks to the enormous popularity of reality television shows such as Dancing With The Stars, more and more of us are thinking of taking up dance lessons and moving and shaking our hips. There is a good reason for this: Dancing is pretty much infectious, and when you watch the energy that dancers have, as well as the harmony and the fun they’re having, you feel as though you want some of it. And indeed dancing – whether at home or in a night club – is one of the most fun things you will ever do.
But as well as being tremendous fun, dancing also comes with a whole heap benefits. Let’s take a look at the top 10 advantages and health benefits of dancing.
Your Balance And Coordination Will Improve
Has someone ever told you that you have two left feet? Maybe people have accused you of being clumsy because you keep walking into them? It’s possibly because you lack coordination and balance. True story.
The great thing is that your balance and co-ordination can be improved, and dancing is a fantastic way to do it. At first, you might find it difficult. However, with practice your stability, coordination and balance will eventually improve. So, too, will your posture.
The result will be better poise and body control. No more will you be the person who staggers into the waitress in the restaurant, effectively spilling your partner’s meal!
You’ll Meet New People
There are, of course, many solitary pastimes that you could learn. For example, you could learn a new language, read epic novels, or perhaps pick up an instrument. But although these hobbies might enrich your life, they don’t present an interesting way of meeting new people.
Dancing does. When you go to dance classes, you will pair off with different partners, who are just as enthusiastic and as positive as you are. Dance classes entice us out of our shells, thrusting us together with new people who we can’t help but get to know.
You’ll Discover New Cultures
Dancing is technically a language, and one which has no cultural barriers. It’s universal, and whether you tango or flamenco, you are communicating something that everyone understands.
Dance classes don’t just introduce you to new people – they also introduce you to new cultures. You will get to learn about the various types of dance in different areas of the world, and this will help to open up your mind as well as foster better cultural interaction.
You Will Lose Weight
Weight loss is another one of amazing health benefits of dancing.
A primary motivation lots of women who take up dancing lessons have is that they want to lose some weight. I’ve been there myself. I wanted to shift some weight after Christmas, but I couldn’t motivate myself to do it. That was until I discovered dancing, which is the most fun way to lose weight ever.
Dancing is a lot less punishing than starving yourself or hitting thy gym morning and night. It’s fun, energising and something that you will actually look forward to. The more you dance, the more calories you’ll burn.
Your Mental Health Will Improve
Mental health is a huge topic at the moment (finally), as at last people are giving it the attention it deserves. Mental health issues are very real, and millions of us around the planet suffer from some depression, anxiety or any other kind of mental disorder that is gravely affecting our lives.
Health benefits of dancing are very numerous, but it also boosts your mental health, too. As lots of studies have already attested, dancing can tighten your memory and reduce your risk of developing dementia. And because it stimulates the flow of blood and oxygen to your brain, it also promotes the release of feel-good chemicals that make you happy.
Your Energy Levels Will Get A Boost
We all have those days where we feel so lethargic that we just can’t seem to wake up. We have SO MUCH to do, but we can’t summon the necessary energy needed to get us off the sofa and into the zone.
If you know what I’m talking about, you’re in dire need of an energy kick. And while coffee can help in the short-term, dancing provides significant long-term benefits.
Learning to dance may probably be exhausting at first, but once you’ve had a few lessons you’ll soon be up to speed.
Indeed, you’ll be so fit that you won’t feel like collapsing the next time your kids ask you to “race”!
It Strengthens Your Body
The obvious way to strengthen your body is to hit the gym every day and eat more carbs. But these methods aren’t exactly much fun. Easily the most entertaining way to get more muscle is to start dancing.
If you’ve ever watched dancers on TV, you’ll haven noticed how incredibly strong they are. Some of the moves they perform are super demanding and would be impossible without much strength. So, for leaner muscle, head down to a local dance class.
It Will Keep You Young
Youthfulness is another one of fantastic health benefits of dancing.
We’d all love to stay forever young. But while it’s technically impossible to stay forever young, there are plenty of things you can do to slow down the ageing process so that you don’t feel and look older than you really are.
Dancing is a great way to stay in shape, and this means that it keeps you looking and feeling young. Ask anyone of advanced who steps onto the dance floor how they feel, and they’ll tell you they feel a lot younger than their years.
It Makes You Flexible
On Dancing With The Stars, the dancers sure do bend themselves into all kinds of crazy, origami-like shapes. They are so flexible!
And if you learn to dance, you’ll become super flexible, too.
There are many health benefits associated with flexibility. You can reduce joint paint and stiffness, as well as reduce the risks of developing osteoporosis.
It Will Flatten Your Stomach
Who doesn’t want a flatter stomach? I certainly do! And that’s why I took up dancing.
Shifting belly fat is really difficult, and there is no one single method that works. You have to do a few things at the same time, and learning to dance – which will work your abdomen muscles – should be one of them.
Do you know other health benefits of dancing?