7 Health Benefits of Dance

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 in Health

7 Health Benefits of Dance

Here at The Dance Factory, breaking a sweat means you are working hard, sharpening your skills, increasing your stamina, and toning and strengthening your muscles. But those aren’t the only things that dance can do to better your health… Dance, whether it’s professional or recreational, can have many health benefits that you may not realize. Here’s just a few:

1. Lower Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
Dancing is good for your heart! According to Everyday Health, “people with heart failure who took up waltzing improved their heart health, breathing, and quality of life significantly compared to those who biked or walked on a treadmill for exercise.” Dancing also increases your lung capacity. It keeps your organs healthy and your body feeling young!

2. Improve Your Memory
Studies have shown that dancing may boost your memory and decreases your chances of developing dementia as you get older. During a dance class, you have to remember steps and combinations, which is a great mental exercise for your brain. This benefits your memory in tremendous ways as you get older.

3. Maintain a Healthy Weight
Did you know dancing is just as beneficial for your health as jogging or cycling? If you struggle with maintaining a regular exercise routine, sign up for dance classes! Dance can burn 5 to 10 calories per minute depending on speed and intensity. Getting 30-minutes to an hour of exercise a day will help you stay active and sustain a healthy weight.

4. Decrease Joint Pain & Soreness
It’s no secret that regular exercise and stretching can improve your flexibility, but this flexibility can actually reduce soreness after exercise, leading to less joint pain. Additionally, dancing keeps your joints lubricated which helps prevent and treat joint problems, like osteoporosis and arthritis.

5. Increase Energy
Feeling sluggish? A weekly dance program can help you have more energy throughout your day. Tip: If you wake up feeling tired, turn on some music and dance around first thing in the morning. It will help you become alert and energized, and it’s a fun way to start your day!

6. Reduce Stress & Depression
Having a hard day at work or school? Dance can actually help relieve tension and help you relax. People involved in dance have shown less depression symptoms and reported less stress. Dance elevates your mood by raising your endorphin levels, which makes it a great cure for a bad day!

7. Enhance Social Life
Being enrolled in a regular class with friends or a part of a performance group provides a great support system of people that enjoy the same things as you. It can be a wonderful way of meeting new people and creating new experiences, which can be highly beneficial for social health and friendship.