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Dance Can Help with Mental Well Being

In principle, all forms of dancing have positive mental benefits; however, some forms of dance will have more/different benefits than other types. For example, a slow dance may not burn many calories or release many endorphins, but may well contribute to long-term discipline and memory.

Likewise, a very fast dance could release lots of endorphins today, but not take much discipline or memory (for example a highly improvisational form of dance, which, not yet mentioned here, will help spark creativity, which is yet another mental benefit of dancing). Ultimately, it’s all up to you to decide which dance form is most appealing to you for yourself. Then you can let whatever positive mental benefits come alongside that dance form be a nice bonus.

In theory, all forms of dancing have positive mental benefits; however, some forms of dance will have more/different benefits than other types. For example, a slow dance may not burn many calories or release as many endorphins, but can also contribute to long-term discipline and memory function.

Health Benefits of Dancing

Dancing is a great way to stay fit for people of all ages. It has a wide range of physical and mental benefits including:

  • Increased muscular strength and endurance
  • Improved heart and lung function
  • Improved muscle tone and strength
  • Increased aerobic fitness
  • Reduced risk of osteoporosis
  • Improved mental functioning
  • Improved agility and flexibility

Because there are so many different forms of dancing, you should be able to find a style that suits you in terms of intensity (low-impact, fast or slow), difficulty level, type of music you like, and whether you prefer to dance with or without a partner.

Unlike more traditional cardio, which is vigorous and structured, slow dancing is more free, allowing you to adjust your tempo when you need to take a break. Slow dancing is free flowing and less traumatic on your body. You don’t have to worry about going hard and you can always slow down.

There’s no downside to incorporating slow dancing into your regular fitness routine, and if you find waking on the treadmill or cycling boring, dancing can also motivate you to work out. Ballroom dancing, for example, if an ideal form of fluid dancing that individuals with physical limitations, such as heart disease, Parkinson’s, arthritis, and vision impairment may benefit from.

Bottom Line: Don’t overlook the numerous social benefits: Dancing is a great way to spend quality time with a partner or meet new people if you don’t have a partner.

So, what are you waiting for?  Grab your dancing shoes and hit the floor! 
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