Dancing is known to be a beautiful art form as well as a great way to exercise providing endurance, flexibility, strength, mental mastery and a sense of well being to those that participate. Not only are the benefits physical, they are mental as well. Whether you enjoy dance as a beginner or you are a veteran, the health benefits of dancing are no secret to those that have been bitten by the bug, so to speak. Enjoy my favorite 5 health benefits related to dance.
1. Endurance: Dancing is a physical activity that requires endurance. Endurance is the ability or strength to continue or last, especially despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions. Because dancing elevates the heart rate, it increases stamina. It gives muscles more strength to be able to continue to work without fatigue to dance for longer periods of time. This is something that is achieved over time through increasing the intensity and amount of time spent dancing.
2. Flexibility: Most dance requires a broad range of motion in the muscles and joints. Dance requires many moves that require bending, stretching and jumping in the air. Naturally, since so many dance moves require flexibility it becomes a part of the discipline of dance. Flexibility can decrease your risk of injuries by helping your joints move through their full range of motion.
3. Strength: Building strength in the musculoskeletal system creates muscle tone and endurance. The body is meant to be active and dancing is a full body work out building strength in the legs, feet, hips, abdominal, back and arms. Acquiring strength in muscles, bones and ligaments is also a side effect of strength building leading to lower blood pressure, better sleep habits, weight loss, increased energy and better over all circulation.
4. Sense of Well Being: Dancing can increase endorphin levels in the body which in turn can increase your mood. This rise in your endorphins can heal stress and depression which help to strengthen the immune system. Connecting the mind, body and soul can contribute a great sense of well being, and dance is a way to do so. Dance is physical, mental and emotional in its nature and can contribute to self confidence and self discipline in one’s life thus, creating a sense of well being.
5. Mental Mastery: When dancing, you often are recalling different steps and patterns in specific orders and variations. This is very beneficial to the brain to keep the mind young, quick and alert. Mental challenges translate to difficult coordination exercises to keep the dancers sharp mentally as well as physically. Not only are you mastering the choreography mentally, you are also stimulating the creative side of your brain at the same time through the physical execution of the movement.