Dancing for your mind, body and soul
“Stiffling an urge to dance is bad for your health – it rusts your spirit and your hips”
Dancing isn’t just about the steps and music; it’s a perfect combination of physical activity, social interaction, and mental stimulation. Dancing enhances your life in so many ways.
Ballroom dancing is a great way for people of all ages to get in shape and stay fit. It has many positive health benefits and is a wonderful activity that will benefit your mind, body, and spirit.
Dancing will also improve your health and fitness, mental acuity, and even social connections – studies have shown that socializing and dancing with friends can contribute to high self-esteem, increased self-confidence and a greater positive outlook.
Dancing can also reduce stress and tension, so over time one can feel an overall sense of well-being.
Dancing is tremendously beneficial in keeping us young. It slows down the aging process immensely and has a positive impact on our heart, cardiovascular system whilst increasing our lung capacity.
Fact: the muscle exertion and breathing rates of dancers performing in one dance competition is equivalent to those of cyclists, swimmers and an Olympic 800m runner.
Strong bones and lubricated joints
Dancing aids in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis for men and women. For women during post-menopause, there can be a significant drop in estrogen levels which stops calcium from being absorbed into the bones. Dancing also helps keep joints lubricated in order to prevent arthritis.
Dance exercises our bodies to allow for increased circulation. It helps us burn those calories away, while improving our stamina. It is estimated that dance burns between 5-10 calories per minute, depending on speed and intensity.
New research has discovered that it is necessary to measure both good and bad cholesterol levels when determining our health. Dancing aids in lipid control, which raises our HDL (good cholesterol), and lowers our LDL (bad cholesterol). Dancing is also great for diabetics because it aids blood sugar control.
Dance improves our memory by making us recall steps, routines and dance patterns – an excellent mental exercise for our brains. This provides huge benefits in keeping your mind quick and alert.
It’s all about balance
Balancing yourself in one position may be easy, but balancing in the many types of dance positions is much more difficult. To do so requires strengthening your stabilizer muscles, while protecting your core. Dancing also enhances co-ordination and improves your reflexes.
A happy self
Dancing elevates our mood by raising our endorphin levels. This is what allows us to heal stress and depression – two of our immune system’s biggest enemies! It helps us establish our self-confidence and self-discipline. It improves the harmony between our mind and body, giving us a sense of well-being.
Dancing is recreational and entertaining. It creates a social life for us, while affording us the opportunity to make new friends that help us grow, make us laugh and support us as we learn.
Dancing has no cultural barriers. People from all parts of the world, with different ideologies, meet on the dance floor. Cultural interaction improves our health by expanding our mind and sharing our spirit!