In a recent post, your Metairie pain management clinic gave you a list of exercises you can do in the winter. Included in the list was dancing. We gave a couple of reasons why dancing is good exercise. In our research on dancing, we discovered there are a whole lot more benefits to dancing than just good exercise.
So here are even more reasons you should get up off the couch and dance.
Born to Boogie
Have you ever wondered why when you hear Lady Gaga’s latest hit or anything by Micheal Jackson that you automatically start shuffling your feet and move to the beat? This is an instinctive response because we were all born to boogie.
That’s right, you are hardwired to sync your movements to music. This might be because early cultures used rhythmic movements as a form of expression. Dancing is universal, even bees and birds use dance to communicate.
Two Left Feet
You don’t have to groove like Jagger to garner the health benefits of dance. The more time you spend on the dancefloor, the more you will train your brain to open up the feel-good hormones and amp up your overall well-being.
One study found that people who suffered cardiac conditions and danced for just 20 minutes three times a week saw significant heart health improvement over those who stuck to traditional cardio workouts. Research has also shown that dancing can make your bones stronger.
Balance and Mood
There are several studies that have found dancing can improve balance, even in the elderly. Elderly people who have participated in dance classes have shown improvement in walking speed, gait and reaction time. These dance studies included folk, tango, jazz and ballroom dancing.
Dancing may also put you in a better mood. There have been a number of studies that show dancing can reduce anxiety, depression and stress all while boosting body image, coping ability and self-esteem. In fact, dancing can boost your overall sense of well-being.
And even though there are other forms of exercise that have these very same benefits, dancing is simply more appealing to many people and they are more likely to stick with it.
On average, you can expect to burn around 250 calories per hour while dancing. Of course, this number will vary a lot on the type of dances. For example, slower dances like the tango will burn about 200 calories an hour while faster dances like the swing will burn upwards to 500 calories an hour. Either way, dancing burns more calories than watching other people dance on the television.
As stated before, dancing gets your heart rate up, which makes it a good form of aerobic exercise.
There are so many types of dance available that you should have no problems finding one that suits you. The foxtrot is a good choice for beginners, but if you desire something spicier, you could try the mambo. In addition to dance studios, many gyms offer dance-fitness classes like Zumba.