Whether ballroom or tap dancing, Salsa and Bachata, Ballet or HipHop: Dancing is an enjoyable way to be more physically active and stay fit. It can be done by people of all ages, shapes and sizes. Scientists believe that dancing can make you healthy, happy and even more intelligent. Read more about the positive effects of dancing on the physical and mental health.
Dancing gets you moving and has a wide range of physical benefits, including:
• improved condition of heart and lungs
• better endurance and motor fitness
• increased aerobic fitness
• improved muscle tone and strength
• weight management
• stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis.
An improved, upright posture
The more often you practice your dancing posture on the dance floor, the more likely you are to go through life with your head up and your back straight. Long neck, chest out, belly in: This way, you can prevent painful muscle tension in the neck, shoulders and back area.
The ability to reduce stress and to boost mental health
When dancing, the concentration of the stress hormone cortisol and adrenaline decreases. At the same time, serotonin levels rise and the happiness hormone endorphin is released. Those who dance live completely in the moment and get into a state of flow.
A complex affair, which challenges the brain
Dancing as a couple or in groups demands motor skills, attention, long-term and short-term memory – all at the same time. It is widely underestimated how much brain capacity is occupied by dancing with others and how it improves concentration and mental skills. Complex turns and steps involved can even cause the volume of the brain to increase in some areas, creating additional neural connections.
Excellent training for the sense of balance, coordination and spatial awareness
Dancing involves moving and turning the body in many different directions, keeping it balanced. It trains the ability to coordinate and to react. This not only makes other sports easier, but can also avoid movement errors that can be harmful.
It’s never too late to start dancing!
So, whether you prefer to dance alone, with a partner or in a group, there are many styles to choose from, each with its own advantages and attractions. Dancing with others is usually more challenging and the effects on concentration, coordination and motor skills are higher.
However, dancing at a club regularly or even at home on your own to your favorite music is a good way to stay in shape. If you move to the rhythms for just one hour, you can burn up to 400 kilocalories. Another thing is for sure: It is always a good way to release stress and will raise your mood instantly!
*You should always see a doctor for a medical check-up before starting any new fitness program, particularly if you are aged over 40 years, are overweight or haven’t exercised in a long time.