Are you tense, anxious, or stressed out? Get out there on the floor and move your body! Dancing for just 30 minutes three times a week strengthens the heart, builds muscle, and decreases the risk of osteoporosis.
Physicians also recommend exercise. That’s where dancers have a leg up. In fact, doctors sometimes recommend ballroom dance as good, low-impact cardiovascular exercise. According to the American Council on Exercise, social dancers can burn 175 to 300 calories per hour.
Learning to dance is mentally stimulating, it’s challenging, and about 95 percent of the population can accomplish it. Exercise is one of the best and most time-honored ways to relax and lighten your mood and dancing is a fun and therapeutic way to do it. Some of the benefits are: Your muscles will be toned.
Dancing is a wonderful way to improve muscle tone, especially for women. This is because the mix of isometric (muscle contractions against resistance where the length of muscle remains the same) and isotonic resistance (muscular contraction where the muscle remains under relatively constant tension while its length changes) are perfect for toning without building up muscle mass.
Your bones will become stronger.
Dancing is a weight bearing exercise and will help strengthen your weight bearing bones such as your tibia, fibula, and femur. This can help prevent, or at least slow down, the loss of bone mass (osteoporosis).
Unlike high impact exercise, such as jogging, running, and high impact aerobics, there’s little risk of injury involved in dancing
You’ll have healthier joints.
According to the American Journal of Medicine, the best way to avoid arthritis or remedy joint discomfort is to use the joints in a controlled manner through regular exercise. The rotating motions of dance help spread synovial fluid to the connective tissue and joints. This goes a long way towards keeping them healthy. You don’t even need to do strenuous forms of dance to enjoy these benefits; a-slow waltz, when performed properly, is a splendid way of maintaining healthy joints. You’ll feel better “in yourself.”
Dancing releases endorphins, which are mood enhancers. Whenever you see dancers returning from the dance floor, they’re almost always smiling. By and large, humans are social creatures. Dancing is a social activity that can help contribute toward an improved self-esteem and a more positive outlook on life. People of any age or ability can enjoy dance. Although some people will argue that they have two left feet, this isn’t entirely true. We all have a natural rhythm in our bodies that’s waiting to be released.
So let’s enjoy the dance!