When you move you feel good it’s common knowledge. And everyone knows that dancing is good for you and has a positive effect on our physical wellbeing but what about our sanity? Can Dance Improve Our Mental Wellbeing? In honour of Mental Health Awareness Month, this week we will examine the positive correlation between dance and mental health. As the topic of mental health spreads in today’s society, more research has emerged on the positive effects of dance on mental health. There are so many reasons dancing are good for you that it can be hard to know where to start. It’s great fun and good for your body and soul. A recent study is not just a good form of exercise and has a positive impact on our health.
Dance Provides a Full Body Workout
Dance makes a great aerobic workout with little impact. Like other forms of aerobics, dancing strengthens the heart, lungs, and circulatory system. The different activities also improve core strength, coordination, balance, flexibility, muscle tone and spatial awareness. Unlike some other aerobic exercise such as running, most types of dance can be easily modified to accommodate different physical limitations. Dancing is a great way to keep in shape if you don’t like the gym, dancing can make the exercise fun again.
Dance Helps Weight Loss
Dance styles that require quick movements and take your breath away, such as salsa or swing dancing, can help you lose weight. If you’re trying to lose a few pounds by dancing, be sure to choose a style that requires intense exercise – go out and do everything often. Dancing can also help you achieve the recommended goal of at least 10,000 steps per day, which will help you control your weight. One study found that those who took part in a square dance walked the equivalent of five miles in one night. Dancing is about moving your body, and moving your body is a great way to burn calories. The number of burns depends on how hard you dance. You can burn 250 to 400 calories in a one-hour session.
Dance Refine Your Mental Skills
A study by the New England Journal of Medicine found that dancing was linked to lower rates of dementia. In addition to the stimulating increase in blood flow to the brain that you get with any form of physical activity, the researchers suggest that memorizing dance steps and synchronize them with the beat of the music promotes the growth of new neurons and activates relations between existing ones. Dance classes can nurture new relations and nurture existing relations, both of which have been linked to a lower risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease. Dancing will keep your mind active. It improves blood flow to the brain and stimulates memory by remembering every step of excellent mental exercise.
Dance Increase Your Mood
When you feel your mood rising while dancing, you can’t imagine anything: getting in touch with friends and connecting with your partner can encourage the release of the feel-good hormones oxytocin and serotonin. Research has also shown that touching a loved one while chatting in a dance hall or at a wedding reception lowers your blood pressure and pulse – two things that can lower your risk heart disease. Any exercise can lift your mood by increasing endorphins, or so-called wellness chemicals. It can improve your mood and lower your risk of depression.