Highlighting the many health benefits of dancing!
When we think about the month of February, we automatically start to think about the heart. We wanted to take a moment to reflect on the many health benefits resulting from all forms of dancing – specifically how dancing positively impacts the heart. Benefits of dancing include:
- Improved condition of your heart and lungs
- Increased muscular strength, endurance and motor fitness
- Increased aerobic fitness
- Improved muscle tone and strength
- Weight management
- Strong bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis
- Better coordination, agility and flexibility
- Improved balance and spatial awareness
- Increased physical confidence
- Improve mental functioning
- Improved general and psychological wellbeing
- Greater self-confidence and self-esteem
- Better social skills
Numerous studies indicate dancing is the best thing you can do for your body. As reported in Time (July 2017 article) on health and fitness, you can expend more than 300 calories every 30-minutes. This meets or exceed the amount of energy you burn during an easy run or swim. Additionally, because dancing involves movement in all direction, starting, stopping and changing directions – you are burning a ton of fuel without covering a lot of ground. Studies also found that dancing improves energy and lowers stress, both providing great benefit to your heart.
An article in Everyday Health sited 9 health benefits of dance. Your heart’s health was called out specifically. Another benefit that grabbed our attention – dance provides the perfect setting to make new friends. Positive relationships make a heart happy!
We found hundreds of articles that promoted dance for all ages and the associated health benefits. Some articles highlighted one type of dance over another, offering an interesting twist on the subject. Sources overall are very impressive – universities, famous health and dance publications, renowned medical resources, etc.
The common theme – Dance Your Way to Health!