Be it ballroom or ballet, dancing is a great exercise for your entire body. Best of all, dancing is fun as well as making you look great on the dance floor. So even if you find yourself with two left feet, a trip onto the dance floor could be just the ticket to increase your brainpower, liven your mood, and help your heart. Read about the health impacts of getting your dance on below.
A study in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine reported that older adults who learned cha-cha just twice a week for a six-month period improved memory and their cognitive function. A 2003 study in New England Journal of Medicine declared people were less likely in developing dementia if the participated in ballroom dancing at least twice a week
Muscle and Bone
According the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) dancing can help keep muscle tone, burn fat, increase balance and strengthen bones. Since the push and tug of muscles against bones during any physical activity makes both stronger, dancing can be very beneficial to both.
Dancing up to thirty minutes can burn as mush as 400 calories, similar to that of cycling or swimming for the same amount of time. With a combination of a correct diet in place, dancing can help lead to an easy and fun way to shed extra pounds.
Dancing can greatly improve cardiovascular health. Just like jogging or jazzercise, dancing and getting your heart elevated is a great way to get your blood pumping. In one Italian study participants with heart failure that took up the waltz improved their heart health and even their moods. In fact, in this study waltzing proved as effective as treadmill and bicycle training for improving people’s exercise capacity. Participants also saw improvement in their sleep habits, increased activity in hobbies, and sex lives.
Dancing can help improve balance and reduce the tendency of older adults to fall. The Center for Disease Control says that one in every three adult over 65 will end up taking a spill every year. Dancing ,and carrying objects when walking, can both lower the incidence perilous falls. A Journal of Aging and Physical Activity study also showed that tango dancing improved balance in aging adults.
Suffering from low energy? Dancing may be able to help that as well. The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition states that a dancing weekly can help improve physical performance and increase energy levels in adults.
Feeling a little blue? Well, dancing could help with depressed states. Studies have shown the depressed people who participated in upbeat dance classes also suffered from depression felt more energized and more enthusiastic.
Taking your mind of the pressures of daily life and it’s worries is much easier when music and dance is involved. The Journal of Applied Gerontology reported that dancing with a partner to music could decrease stress.
Eli Madrone writes on health, science and technology in Portland, OR. He was made aware of the benefits of dancing by Portland Periodontics who are experts in Portland OR Dental Implants.