Competitive dance shows are prompting more people to get off the couch and dance, and like the competitors, they're finding it’s a great way to keep your body and mind healthy. Studies show that dancing can help you lose weight, maintain flexibility, reduce stress, and even make more friends!
BENEFITS OF DANCE
According to a study in The New England Journal of Medicine, dancing may boost your memory and prevent you from developing dementia as you get older. Science reveals that aerobic exercise can reverse volume loss in the hippocampus, the part of the brain that controls memory. The hippocampus naturally shrinks during late adulthood, which often leads to impaired memory and sometimes dementia.
Those plies and arabesques that ballet dancers practice aren’t just for aesthetics — they also increase flexibility and reduce stiffness. Increasing your flexibility will help ease joint pain and post-exercise soreness.
In a controlled study in the Journal of Applied Gerontology, researchers found that partner dance and musical accompaniment can help bring about stress relief.
Dancing really does lift your spirits, according to a study in that tested the effects of dancing on people with depression. Patients who participated in dance showed the fewest depression symptoms and the most vitality. Got the blues?
Good for your heart
Dance is a great activity for those at risk for cardiovascular disease. People with heart failure who took up dancing improved their heart health, breathing, and quality of life significantly compared to those who biked or walked on a treadmill for exercise.
Recent studies have shown dance training is equivalent to jogging or cycling in burning calories.
Dancing requires good posture while moving and has been shown to significantly improve core strength.
Research shows that dancing not only gets you moving, but releases endorphins that give you that "feel good" feeling, improve energy and mood.
Dancing is a great way and purpose to socialize and share a hobby with others who want to get out and get moving!
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