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  • Writer's pictureLuAnn Hooper

The Health and Benefits of Dance

Dancing keeps you fit, energized and ageless!

Whether it is: Country Line, Salsa, Latin, Clogging, Belly Dance, Lyrical, Contra, Square Dance, Jazz, Ballet, or a large number of other types of dance movements,

Finding “Our Groove”, has proven to ease depression, support the cardio system and improve overall joint function.

By all accounts, dancing gives us a step toward better health, and bring more fun in our lives. NOTE: Contrary to popular opinion dancing is NOT just for kids, and a special ability is NOT necessary. “

“You are never too old, and there is NO such thing as two feet. When you have a good instructor teaching you, you can learn anything as a beginner”.


BRAINY BENEFITS

Stepping into a Dance Studio can help us enrich our lives while sharpening cognitive function. Older Adults had significant improvement in working memory score, reported University of Illinois Chicago researchers. Just like working out and doing puzzles, dancing works out brain paths and keeps them active and healthy.  


GROVIN’ TO THE MUSIC

There is something beyond a “good workout” than can be found in dancing. Once you dissolve into the beat, self-consciousness drops away as you let your body flow to the rhythm of the music. It almost seems as it the health benefits of dance are simply a bonus.

The latest scientific research gives some Insite into the countless ways dancing is good for you. One 2016 study showed 73% retention (memory of the steps), and 81% compliance, (they could follow the steps). The best part was that more than 50% of the participants wanted to continue the classes after the study. Any exercise program that makes you want to keep doing it, gets extra points!

Dance-bases workouts offer a wealth of physical and mental health benefits, including:

Increased cardiovascular fitness, Improved balance, Lowered fall risk, Increased overall mobility, Improved cognitive function, Enhanced quality of life, Promoting emoting well-being, Lowered risk of depression, and Encouraging social connectedness.


(CREDITS: Natural Awakenings, Marlaina Donato/Good Health Lifestyles, Carol A Weber)


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