How Does Dancing help you stay fit?
Dancing is the perfect way to build physical activity into our lives; young or old, evidence shows that having an inactive lifestyle has a negative impact on our health.
Moving to music stimulates the senses – sight, sound and touch – it’s great fun and it’s good for our bodies and minds. Dancing will improve the health of your heart and lungs, as well as test our balance.
Learning to Dance has it’s attraction because of the many different styles & rhythms on offer from around the world, here at Donahey’s we strive to teach the latest dance styles to the most popular music.
Dancing for any length of time requires muscular endurance and motor fitness, and with so many different forms of dance there’s something for every pair of dancing feet!
Dancing Can Make you physically Fit
The British Heart Foundation agrees that dancing is a great way to stay in shape. Regular dancing will reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and cancer. And you’ll enjoy yourself so much you’ll forget you’re exercising!
Health Benefits of Dancing, Exercise & Fitness
Regular dancing will also help keep you trim. As you shimmy across the floor, you’ll be burning calories: in just a half-hour dance session, an average 60kg person will burn at least 99 calories. Of course this varies – Salsa dancing is classed as a high-intensity cardiovascular activity which can burn upto 450 calories an hour, so you’ll burn more with a lively Latino-style than beginner’s belly dancing because you’re moving more.
Dancing is Good for your Bones and Joints – Helping you Keep Fit in later life
Dancing helps to reduce the risk of osteoporosis because the steps put a strain on your bones, helping them to stay strong and dense. The denser your bones are, the longer your bones will remain strong.
Dancing keeps you moving
Other skills you’ll develop as you learn to glide across the dance floor – poise and grace – encourage coordination, balance and muscle strength.
Dancing Makes You Smarter
A regular dance will keep your mind active as well as your body. Exercise improves circulation and helps prevent oxygen starvation to the brain, and remembering complex steps stimulates the working memory. Research in the USA has shown that dancing is the best form of physical activity for keeping the brain active.
Dancing Builds friendships
A recent Times survey revealed dancing beat swimming as the No 1 form of exercise, due to the social life.
Dancing is a great exercise to take part in with your partner or friends. Plus often you’ll meet nice people and it opens doors to improving your social life
Dancing Lifts your mood & spirit
Many dance forms are wonderfully relaxing. You can let your mind wander as you trip the light fantastic. Depending on the style you choose, a dance class can be a pleasant trip down memory lane, or a stimulating voyage into new musical realms.
Learn more about which kind of dance classes would best suit you here, why not try one of Donaheys dance lessons today?