Start. Stop. Pull up. Turn out. Dance is one of the only exercises that involves frequently shifting your balance and switching muscle groups, making it one of the most dynamic forms of exercise that exist. Not to mention fun! Livestrong describes dance as an “excellent type of aerobic exercise” because of its benefits to the mind and body.
Benefits for your body.
Dance is a full body experience. From lengthening your posture to strengthening your core, most types of dance require using multiple muscle groups at the same time. While other workouts seem to overwhelmingly target one area of the body over the other, dance requires the entire body.
With that being said, only one 30 minute session of letting loose can burn up to 250 calories. This is comparable to going for a jog or swim. By repeating this 3 or more times per week, you can drastically improve your cardiovascular health. For women, dance classes can help build stronger bones and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. We recommend trying dance classes like the ones provided by Slay Fitness. We incorporate methods from high-intensity interval training (HIIT), helping tone muscles and burn fat all while listening to the best music.
Energizing your mind.
Aside from improving your overall physical health, dancing can also help improve your mood and mental health. Attending a dance class can help foster positive relationships with fellow dancers, release endorphins, and improve memory. Dancing is also ideal for relieving stress – helping you maintain a positive, can-do attitude.
According to a study by the New England Journal of Medicine, dance helps the brain refine coordination, decision-making, and recall skills. One of the most impressive findings suggests dance classes may reduce your risk of dementia by 76 percent.
Dance is an art and exercise that can benefit men and women at any age. Whether you are taking ballet, jazz, hip-hop or simply dancing with friends know that you are strengthening both your body and mind!
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