When it comes to fitness, dancing is definitely one of the most overlooked practices. First off all, dancing is a great way to get in shape. It gets your heart rate up and keeps your body moving in ways that other methods do not.
Here are 5 health benefits of dancing.
- Dancing Builds Core Strength: Dance requires balance and helps build core strength, which helps promote good posture and prevent muscle injuries and back pain, according to Mayo Clinic.
- Dance Promotes Flexibility: This is especially true for ballet dancers. “Ballet training involves a great deal of flexibility training. Flexibility means improved mobility, which means that any type of daily activity will be more enjoyable, whether you take yoga or you are trying to reach for the top cabinet in your kitchen,” says Granger.
- Improved Cardiovascular Health: Of course, the faster you dance, the faster your heart will beat, which can lead to a stronger and healthier heart. An Italian study found that people with heart failure who started practicing waltzing had much better heart health, breathing, and quality of life compared to those who simply cycled or walked on a treadmill.
- Reduced Depression: A study looking at the effects of dance on patients experiencing depression found that those who participated in an upbeat group dance showed the least number of symptoms associated with depression and were more energetic and upbeat as a result.
- Weight Loss: Increased movement also usually means increased weight loss. A study in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology found aerobic dance training can help you lose just as much weight as biking or jogging.
Those are the few benefits of dancing. To learn more visit our studio and enroll in our dance classes! See you there!