The Many Health Benefits of Dancing

May 29th, 2014 | Posted by Kathy Levyn

As society becomes more health-conscious than ever, people everywhere are looking for new ways to get up on their feet and stay active. The only thing is, many individuals are either intimidated by the gym scene or bored over their usual treadmill routine. The best thing about dancing? You’re moving your body and getting in a great exercise, without actually feeling like you’re working out.

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In case you had to guess, dancing does in fact have many benefits on your health, both physically and mentally. How so?

Helps Boost your Memory – A 2003 study conducted by The New England Journal of Medicine found that ballroom dancing at least twice a week helped make people less susceptible to developing dementia in the future. Aerobic exercises like this can actually reverse volume loss in the part of the brain that controls memory, known as the hippocampus.

Gain Strength – When you are dancing, you are resisting against your own body weight by making quick movements with your feet.  If you’re new to ballroom dancing, you may just find that you start feeling muscles you never knew you had. For women especially, many dances require you to move backwards, following your partner’s lead. You’ll find that you are targeting muscles you never would have on a treadmill.

Reduce Stress – Sometimes you just need to physically let loose in order for your mind to follow suit. According to a study from the Journal of Applied Gerontology, dances that require you to work with a partner and musical accompaniment can help you to calm your mind and relieve some excess stress. Besides that, dancing is a fun way to exercise – therefore less stress!

Build Endurance – While you may not expect it, ballroom dancing is considered to be a moderate to vigorous form of exercise, depending on which style you choose. The more you put into the dances you learn, the more endurance you will build, allowing you to dance for longer periods of time without stopping to catch your breath.

Of course, these aren’t the only health benefits to dancing, but we think it may just be enough to get you up and motivated. Sign up for one of our ballroom or swing dancing class today and find out what the many other benefits are by experiencing them for yourself!

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