We bet you’re reading this because you seriously love swaying to your favorite beat. Well, until now you might have thought of dancing as a tool for recreation, socialization, and performing arts. But my friend, it turns out that there is a lot more than that when it comes to the positive outcomes of dancing.
There is ample research that suggest the numerous health benefits dancing can bring about. While you might be able to think of one or two obvious ones, there are a few other health benefits that will raise your eyebrows.
So, today we thought of presenting you a few health benefits of dancing which will surely get you up and swaying to the beat.
Improves Flexibility and Coordination
Let’s start off with an obvious one. With a wide range of movements and steps, dancing can seriously enhance your flexibility, agility, and coordination capabilities. You don’t have to be a professional dancer to reap the benefits of dancing. Just start with a few simple steps and movements and you will see the difference right away.
Studies show that dancing can help a great deal in improving coordination and balance of your nervous system hence the use in individuals with neurological problems related to coordination.
Improves Your Memory
You may have not guessed this. But, it turns out that dancing can help your memory a lot by delaying the aging process of the brain. Studies show that physical exercise and dancing has an anti-aging effect on the Hippocampus which is the brain region that controls memory and learning.
This is another less obvious health benefit of dancing. It is a well known fact that dancing provides a perfect weight bearing and balancing exercise for your body. This kind of physical exercise is shown to be very effective for the maintenance of optimal bone health which is of utmost importance for women to reduce the chance of developing osteoporosis in their post menopausal age.
Reduces Stress, Anxiety, and Depression
You might have guessed this one as well. Dancing is a commonly prescribed form of recreation and socialization for individuals who go through depression and anxiety. It is a very good form of physical and mental exercise that engages your whole self to mitigate the negative effects of stress and worries of daily life. Numerous studies over the years have vouched for this fact.
Improves Cardiovascular Health
It is quite obvious that dancing leads to better heart health in individuals without heart conditions. But, it is also shown that dancing can improve the condition of patients who have existing cardiovascular diseases.
Studies show that middle aged men and women who engaged in some form of moderate-intensity dancing had very low risk of heart disease over a period of 10 years.
So, there you go! Hope we’ve convinced you enough to take up a dancing class.
Sway to the beat, stay healthy, and stay connected!
Dancing: The Pleasure, Power, and Art of Movement by Jerald Jonas looks at the history of dance, dance around the world, and influential dancers and choreographers of the past and present.