17 May The Not So Obvious FITNESS benefits of DANCING
Dancing is great!
Whether you love getting sweaty doing Zumba, spinning on your head while breakdancing, or trading glances with a lover as you salsa around the room, the energy that you give and receive is something few other activities can match. Whilst dancing, naturally, you get stronger and more agile, but there are other fitness benefits that often don’t get the recognition they deserve.
We want to quickly run you through the obvious and not so obvious fitness benefits of dancing.
The obvious fitness benefits of dancing
- Increased condition of your heart and lungs
- Increased muscular strength, endurance, and motor fitness
- Increased aerobic fitness
- Improved muscle tone and strength
- Weight loss and management
The not so obvious fitness benefits of dancing
Bone structure, genetics, metabolism, training methods, and diet, all have a huge role to play, and so while one person might gain muscle like it’s nobody’s business, you might still be struggling to flex your biceps.
Stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis
As a weight-bearing exercise, dancing is typically very good for bone health. Ballroom dancing is one of the best exercises for stronger bones.
Better balance, coordination, and spatial awareness
Ballet dancers have some of the best balance on the planet, but that’s down to practice. Taking what you learn in the dance studio and applying it to other sports and exercises happens way more often than you think. Regularly training a single type of dance improves your nervous system coordination, which simply makes moving around easier and more enjoyable, often graceful too.
Dancing also improves your ‘kinesphere’, basically the entire reach of all of your limbs in motion, meaning you’re more aware of your positioning – this is especially useful for team sports.
Improved mental ability and memory
Dancing requires physical, mental, social, and emotional skills, which when they work together will reduce cognitive decline. Learning steps and routines is a great way to multitask and keep working your brain as a muscle.
If you want to get technical, the scientific explanation is that ‘the complex cross-body movements of dancing recruit the procedural memory system’. This is using the long-term memory part of the brain and can help fight off things like Alzheimer’s disease.
Improved mental health self-confidence and self-esteem
Dancing is assertive, expressive, social, healthy, fun, communicative, and educational. These things release the right chemicals to make us happier and more confident.
Mind and body work together. When one feels good, so does the other! Any type of physical activity releases certain neurotransmitters and endorphins which serve to reduce stress.