I love to dance. I live for dancing. There’s no better feeling than what I call “living in the 8’s.”
But dancing isn’t just fun. It also provides health benefits, which is something lots of people don’t even realize. So while I love to dance, I also know that it’s good for my body—and my soul.
Here are the benefits.
It’s not just physical fitness
Dance is also mental fitness. Especially as we get older, it’s important to “exercise” our brain. And when you’re dancing, whether it’s just for fun or in a group-exercise setting, having to remember the steps and put them to the beat of the music challenges your brain as well as your body. It improves your memory, your coordination, and your focus.
It brings people together
Taking a dance fitness class, or even dancing at home with friends using a workout program like CIZE, creates a feeling of connection. It’s hard to feel lonely when you’re dancing with friends! That’s why dance has always been a social function at gatherings like weddings and school activities. Dance is the ultimate way to break down language barriers and enjoy life together.
It’s a great workout
Dance is a great cardio workout and really good for the heart! You’ll burn a ton of calories, sweat, and of course have fun. A secret bonus of dancing is that it also strengthens your core. I got my hip-hop abs all from dancing!
It increases your flexibility
Depending on the type of dance you are doing, you may notice your flexibility and mobility start to improve. As that happens, so does your range of motion, which in turn gets you greater results .
It’s a stress reliever
I know this is true for me. If I’m having a bad day or feeling overwhelmed, the first thing I do is turn on some music and just get lost in the moves. I always come out on the other side with an improved sense of calm and happiness. By that same token, dance can also help with depression.
It can help you lose weight
Can you lose weight with dance? YES! I always say my body looks its best when I’m dancing. If your goal is weight loss or improved overall body tone, dance training is a great way to help you achieve your physical body goals.
The bottom line is that dance is fun! And when you’re having fun, you forget everything else. While not everyone may want to do pushups and burpees or go for a run, everyone likes dancing, even if they aren’t “good” at it. If you want to make your life better, be in the best shape of your life, and feel greater happiness, there’s a simple answer: dance more!