Dancers are often considered athletes. Whether you are dancing socially or competitively, the full body movement, cardiovascular load and constant activity makes dancing a fun and fantastic option for exercise. Anyone can start dancing regardless of fitness level. Even beginners experience improved endurance and immediate health benefits from their efforts. The more regular your lessons, and the more advanced you become, the more fitness gains you will experience. Let’s explore some of these benefits.
The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week to maintain cardiovascular health. Dancing is an effective and fun way to get that exercise. Dance lessons encourage you to get up, get out and get active on a regular basis, which is important for your health no matter what your age. During a single class, you will burn a few hundred calories while toning your muscles. Regular dance lessons keep you on a schedule, hold you accountable and give you something to look forward to each week.
Dancers are often some of the most flexible people. If you typically feel stiff or tight, dancing is a surefire way to loosen up your muscles and become more limber. Dancing helps improve elasticity and synovial fluid, which contributes to better joint mobility. In turn, increased flexibility can help improve your balance, strength and overall physical fitness.
Not all of the physical health benefits of dance can be seen with the naked eye. As you continue to dance, changes will start taking place inside your body. Dancing is known to help lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol levels. The healthier your heart is, the less likely you are to face cardiovascular problems down the road.
Dancing can promote bone and muscle health, which can lead to better posture and longevity. Practicing good posture strengthens your entire body. Exercising your lower back muscles helps keep your spine healthy and your shoulders back, even when you’re not in class. If you’re someone who slouches or spends all day sitting in front of a computer, dancing is the perfect way to get your body moving and feeling like it should.
When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins can help promote feelings of well-being and positivity, which is why doctors often recommend exercise as a way to help overcome depression. Endorphins are also known to reduce anxiety, improve your sleep cycle, increase your energy levels and help you manage stress, all of which lead to better overall physical health.
Dancing Doesn’t Stop There…
Those are some of the most common physical health benefits of dance, but there are more. Many of our students also enjoy:
Plus, don’t forget all the mental, emotional and social benefits that come along with taking dance lessons.
All of these health benefits and more are waiting for you at Arthur Murray Lincolnshire Dance Center. What are you waiting for? All ages are welcome. We offer a wide variety of dance styles to choose from, including wedding dance lessons. New students get special discount rates for their first class and consultation. Give us a call or fill out our online form to get started.