Many studies show the multiple health benefits dance has for the mind and body. Some are more obvious than others. Most know it as a brilliant form of exercise strengthens and tones your muscles, encourages weight loss, and improves coordination, flexibility and posture.
Lesser known, dance boosts your body’s serotonin levels which, in turn, helps to relieve stress and depression. The glowing feeling you get upon finishing a dance class? That’s a result of serotonin levels heightened to create a sense of well being and happiness.
Dancing regularly helps you heal and can help to prevent cardiovascular, pulmonary or osteoporosis problems. Dance not only challenges your blood flow and stamina but will also keep a firm eye on the health of your joints.
This art form truly forces everyone to become more aware of their bodies and abilities. The human body is fascinating; dance allows you to explore all its avenues. The more you know about your own body, the more you can get to know yourself – physically and mentally – and realize how amazing you really are! Dance will push you from your comfort zone, only to show you what you are capable of. This manifests in the social, too. Joining a weekly dance class can improve self-esteem, awareness and confidence. After all, the more comfortable you are with yourself in body and mind, the more comfortable people will be around you.
Dance can even prevent Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. A 21-year study at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City showed that dancing challenges the brain to keep creating new and unconventional pathways. This is crucial as we age and our neural synapses are not as complex as they once were. Dance forces the brain to make choices based on quick reflection. These split-second decisions are what challenge the re-routing of the neurological pathways, often very complex and completely different from our every day routine.
For anyone wishing to keep their brain fresh and young, while maintaining a healthy heart and stable joints, dance is an ideal hobby.