Dance – A Fun Way to Stay Healthy and Fit

Dance is your pulse, your heartbeat, your breathing. It’s the rhythm of your life. It’s the expression, in time and movement, of happiness, joy, sadness  and envy.  – Jacques D’Amboise

Life is better when you dance.  Dancing is an exciting and social way to work out your body. It can be  a way to stay fit for people of all ages, Shapes and sizes. It can improve your muscle tone, strength, endurance and fitness.

You can dance in a group, with a partner or on your own way. You can join a class or can dance at home, or can dance by seeing you tube videos. Dancing has been  one of the most popular way to stay active and keep fit.

Don’t worry if you are new to dance, start with a beginner class. A beginner class will be easier to follow and will reduce risk of injury. As you get used to it and build your skills you can try more advance class.

Benefits of Dance Fitness:

  1. Dancing improves the body’s flexibility:
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A healthy body needs joints and muscles to be flexible.. As you continue dancing you will be stretching more consistently and will notice how each stretch will become easier to complete. As the stretches become easier, you will be able to go farther into each stretch, creating longer lines as you permanently lengthen your muscles and become more and more flexible. With this increased flexibility you will notice you have a wider range of motion and your dancing will become much easier.

2. Developing body strength:

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Dance exercise offers a fine way of boosting upper and lower body strength. Many dance styles require lifting, leaping and prancing- all of which require a muscular drive that builds up over time.

3. Dancing reduces stress:

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Regular dancing exercise will also reduce mental tension and lead you on the path to a stress-free mind. When you dance your body is fully in the moment, focused on the music and your surroundings which help to lower your stress and tension levels.

4. Lose weight:

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Dancing helps to tone your overall body. According to a study aerobics dance training is just as effective as jogging or cycling in order to improve body composition and aerobic strength. Ypu will eventually see a change in your eating habit as well as you begin to feel healthy and fit which will lead to weight loss.

5. Improve your social skills:

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Dance classes helps you to meet new people and improve your social skills. It also allows you to express yourself in-front of people. It will help you to boost your self-confidence. Dancing is a great way to feel safe and comfortable in-front of people. This type of environment is helpful for both an extrovert as well as an introvert.

6. Major body benefits- Heart and Lungs:

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Dancing helps to increase your stamina which will ultimately leads to longer steady heart rate. Also, you will not have the feeling of being out of breath as the condition of your heart and lungs will be improved.

7. Helps you to be more balanced:

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Dancing helps you to be more balanced because when you dance you try to maintain a stronger center of gravity in order to execute each move correctly. Dance helps you to improve your posture which will eventually help you to make your each step easier to complete.

8. Improves memory & presence of mind:

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When you dance the most important thing is to remember your steps and sequence which eventually helps you to improve your memory. Dance also helps you to improve your presence of mind as many a times when you forget a step, if that time you do another one which  matches the beat than that is a sign of good presence of mind.

9. Helps in reducing depression:

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Depression which is so common specially during this pandemic is something which can be reduced if you dance your heart out. Dancing is a medium where you can express yourself without speaking. Dance can give you an outlet for your emotions by using music or movements that you connect to while in a positive environment.

10. Dancing creates better blood:

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Dancing helps you to maintain your cholesterol levels in blood as well as sugar levels. If you suffer from high blood pressure than dancing can be a good exercise.

Some Dance Forms That Will Help You To Shred Those Extra Pounds:

  • Zumba
  • Belly Dance
  • Hip Hop
  • Salsa
  • Indian classical dance forms

Tips You Should Keep In Mind Before Dancing:

  • See your doctor first if you have a medical condition or are over 40 years of age.
  • Stretch before and after you dance.
  • Take rest between your dance routines specially if you are a beginner.
  • Drink plenty of water before, during and after dance session but don’t drink much in one go.
  • Wear appropriate shoes according to your dance style otherwise you might get an injury.
  • Don’t try new moves before having less knowledge about it as you may end up getting heart. First sit and watch and if needed take professional help.
  • Make sure that your postures are correct and don’t push yourself too hard.
  • Be regular to stay fit.
  • Take a day off if you are doing on regular basis to relax your body.
  • Move as fluidly and gracefully as you can.

The Bottom Line:

The benefits of dancing encompass all areas of health, including physical, mental and emotional. It’s a way through which you can bond with yourself as well as with others. Not only does it give you a way to express yourself and have fun, but it also counts toward your cardiovascular exercise minutes for the week.

So, if you are single add fun through dancing and if you have a partner spend time together through dancing.

Go for it and feel free to share your experience in the comments below. Also, share your thoughts, suggestions or queries if any!!!

Thank you for sparing your valuable time and reading this.


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