Dancing has been enjoyed throughout the ages, dating all the way back to ancient times, and it remains one of the most popular activities and best ways to work out in the modern era too. Not only is dancing enjoyable, it can also provide a wonderful range of health benefits for the whole body. Here are just a few of those benefits, broken down.
Posture and Flexibility
Bad posture is a serious issue for a lot of people and can lead to all kinds of health problems in later life. With increased time sitting and driving, it is so easy for people to develop bad posture and improper spinal alignment which can lead to other injuries and health complications. Dancing and dance fitness focuses strongly on posture and strengthening the muscles used to support your spine and joints reducing these risks enormously.
Dance based fitness is also fantastic for improved flexibility! When first starting out, it’s normal to experience some stiffness in certain muscles, struggling to find their balance or discovering muscle you are not used to working. But with regular practice, they can quickly become far more
flexible than ever before, helping to alleviate many aches, pains and discomfort.
Heart and Lung Health
Whether you’re taking a salsa class, hip hop or moving your body balletically, dance can be an intense workout. It’s the kind of activity that really gets the heart racing and the lungs working, resulting in some serious benefits for the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Those who dance regularly will have better than average heart health, as their hearts will be made to work harder in short cardio bursts. Similarly, the lung capacity of dancers tends to be higher than average, as they need more energy and more oxygen flowing through the body to the muscles in order to perform the many multifunctional movements
It’s not just the physical side of the body that can benefit from dancing. Mental health can be massively improved from taking part in dance classes or just dancing around the house as well. Dancing, like other forms of physical activity, can help to trigger the release of mood-boosting serotonin in the brain, lowering stress levels and helping people feel happier.
It can be a great way to deal with stress and anxiety. It requires focus and concentration so is fantastic to help switch off from worries outside the studio. As well as improving self-confidence and make friends and new connections.
Another awesome benefit of dancing is how much it can increase your levels of physical strength and stamina. A dance class might not work quite the same as a weightlifting session, but it does involve a lot of effort and
hard work. A vast array of muscles throughout the body will have a part to play in a typical dance class. Dancing helps to tone muscle throughout the legs, back, and core, in particular.
Many people aren’t totally content with their body weight and look for ways to try and keep it under control, while still being able to enjoy their lives, eating the foods they love, and not being forced to adhere to strict,
difficult dietary plans. For those people, dance and dance fitness is a great solution. With so many multifunctional movements involved, dancing burns a lot of calories, helping to shed excess weight, tone up and feel your best.
Dancing can be enjoyed with others at classes or even alone in the home
through online sessions and Sleek workouts. Whatever option you decide to choose, dance can offer a myriad of health benefits for both body and mind, with every workout helping you feel stronger.
By Susan Melony