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Dance for the Health of it!

Health benefits of dancing

Dancing can be a way to stay fit for people of all ages, shapes and sizes. It has a wide range of physical and mental benefits including:
>Improved condition of your heart and lungs
>Increased muscular strength, endurance and motor fitness
>Increased aerobic fitness
>Improved muscle tone and strength
>Weight management
>Stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis
>Better coordination, agility and flexibility
>Improved balance and spatial awareness
>Increased physical confidence
>Improved mental functioning
>Improved general and psychological wellbeing
>Greater self-confidence and self-esteem
>Better social skills.
From the dawn of our history, doctors came to understand that dancing can provide great benefits to the body’s metabolism and health. As the millennia’s went by, our knowledge of human body gave us more concrete evidence of the benefits and disadvantages of dance. As a general exercise, dancing can bring many known benefits (such a better performing cardiovascular system, weight control) that can also be produced with many others forms of exercise. However, dancing can bring many other benefits to wide range of our metabolism and psychology.

Here are the MOST notable benefits of dancing:
>It safely strengthens bones and muscles without the possibility of joint pains to elderly dancers.
>It tones your entire body and controls excessive weight (around 150 calories can be burned in a single 30 minute session od dancing)
>More demanding dance styles can be very effective in using entire potential of your body, shaping it into prime condition.
>Varying amounts of physical exertion enables it possible to be used by dancers of any age. From children to 100 year olds.
>It provides great way to get fit. Regular use will improve your stamina, endurance, strength and general form. >With regular use you will improve the capacity of your lungs, better heart condition and muscles.
Dancing is an excellent exercise for people who are going through rehabilitation. Starting from easy dances can ease you into more serious training and improve your recovery from various injuries (such as heart or knee operations).
>Although it can bring similar amount of exercise as walking, cycling or aerobics, dancing gives you opportunity to meet new people and improve your social interaction skills. You will get the benefits of greater self-confidence, self-esteem, trust and reduced feeling of isolation and exclusion.
>Flexibility is one of the skills that you will most definitely get if you dance regularly. By achieving full range of body motion, you can exercise all the muscles and joints of your body.
>It minimizes the chances of bone disease osteoporosis.
>It increases your spatial orientation, balance and peripheral vision.
>Combination of physical exercise, coordination, and social interaction will increase your mental functioning and memory, especially in old age.
>It reduces stress and frustration.
>Lowers the risk of coronary diseases and high blood pressure.

Dancing is a great way for people of all ages to get and stay in shape. Besides being fun, dancing has many positive health benefits.


1. Flexibility

Flexibility is an important part of being healthy. Dance requires a great amount of flexibility. Most dance classes begin with a warm-up including several stretching exercises. Dancers must strive to achieve full range of motion for all the major muscle groups. The greater the range of motion, the more muscles can flex and extend. Most forms of dance require dancers to perform moves that require bending and stretching, so dancers naturally become more flexible by simply dancing.

2. Strength

Strength is defined as the ability of a muscle to exert a force against resistance. Dancing builds strength by forcing the muscles to resist against a dancer’s own body weight. Many styles of dance, including jazz and ballet, require jumping and leaping high into the air. Jumping and leaping require tremendous strength of the major leg muscles. Ballroom dancing builds strength. Consider the muscle mass a male ballroom dancer develops by lifting his partner above his head!

3. Endurance

Dance is physical exercise. Exercise increases endurance. Endurance is the ability of muscles to work hard for increasingly longer periods of time without fatigue. Regular dancing is great for improving endurance, especially vigorous dancing such as line and ballroom dancing. Elevating the heart rate can increase stamina. Just as in any form of exercise, regular dancing will build endurance.

4. Sense of Well-Being

Dancing is a social activity. Studies have shown that strong social ties and socializing with friends contribute to high self-esteem and a positive outlook. Dancing provides many opportunities to meet other people. Joining a dance class can increase self-confidence and build social skills. Because physical activity reduces stress and tension, regular dancing gives an overall sense of well-being.


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