Exercising through dance

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Exercising through dance

Dance is a form of exercise that can engage most of the body’s muscles. Depending on the intensity of the style of dance, it can be effective in stretching and making use of different muscles. Where dance is consistent over some time, it can help the dancer build stamina and to keep fit.

Exercising through dance
Exercising through dance

Dance involves similar exertion of muscles to outdoors sports such as athletics. Unlike other types of exercise and sports, it does not demand any special equipment. Dance is an easily accessible form of exercise for everyone.

Dance, especially when done in a group, provides a forum for socialization and fun. Dancing holds a unique advantage over other types of exercise due to its relaxed but beneficial nature. Like other forms of exercise, dancing has beneficial effects for your body.

It has the additional benefit of variety, and involves various styles from different cultures around the world. Dancing can provide an enjoyable alternative to exercise without any reduction in benefits.

Have you considered exercise but haven’t been able to find an enjoyable, exciting and flexible option?

Here’s why you should get your dancing shoes on.

Reasons why you should exercise through dance

As a form of exercise, dance is holistic. It features anaerobic and aerobic  movement of the body. Aerobic movement is the type of movement that causes sustained increase heart and breathing rates. Aerobic movements in dance include jumping and spinning. Anaerobic movement causes the person to be out of breath, which helps to build strength. Dancing involves squatting, balancing and lifting of dance partners. This makes dance an ideal, all-in-one option for exercise.


Dance regularly changes. New dance moves are developed with new music, which makes it interesting and exciting. In choosing dance as a form of exercise, you are exposed to endless techniques and variations that will keep you entertained as well as in good shape.

Dance helps to improve flexibility in a way that other singular types of exercise fail to. When compared to weight lifting or jogging, dance is a more dynamic option. Jogging and weight lifting may burn roughly similar amounts of calories as dancing, but do not target as many areas of the body as dance does. Depending on the type of dance chosen, it can strengthen your arms, legs, core, back and glutes.

Dancing releases endorphins that make you feel happy and relaxed similarly to hydrocodone. Even though minor injury can result out of overexertion, it beats the hydrocodone side effects such as memory problems, increased likelihood of collapsing and constant fatigue.

Some health benefits of dance

The aerobic and anaerobic nature of dance moves has benefit to different parts of the body. Aerobic movement causes greater pumping action in the heart, which supplies more oxygen to the organs. As a result of consistent training, the heart is bigger and stronger, and pumps more efficiently than that of someone who does not engage in this type of movement.
By increasing blood flow, aerobic movement also supplies more blood to the muscles. The muscles are more likely to grow and strengthen. The increased blood flow also enables the body to burn fat more efficiently. Anaerobic movement increases strength and muscle ability. These two types of movement combine to produce greater muscle mass and an efficiently functioning body.

Health Benefits of Dance
Health Benefits of Dance

Dancing will improve memory and challenge cognitive function. A dancer is expected to remember specific patterns and steps as they dance, whether alone or in a group. Learning and mastering the steps helps to brain and body to develop coordination, as well as sharpening memory.

Dancing can reduce stress. It provides a healthy distraction and a platform for fun especially in a group setting. It could also enable social interaction between people, which will reduce the likelihood of development of anxiety in social situations and loneliness. Dancing can reduce depression too.

Dancing enables your body to burn calories. Depending on the intensity of the type of dance, a person weighing around 150 pounds can burn between 240 and 600 calories per hour. While the number of calories burnt depends on the person, the intensity of the type of dance, and the regularity of sessions, regular exercise through dance will enable better weight control. Dancing can help you keep fit and ward off obesity.

Dancing is good for your heart. The increased rates of blood pumping brought about by dance movement will reduce the risk of the occurrence of cardiovascular conditions. The increased ability to burn fat will reduce the likelihood of accumulation and clogging in vessels.

Like other forms of exercise, dancing reduces the likelihood of prostrate and colon cancer by up to 40%. People who dance regularly in sessions with increasing intensity are less likely to suffer from these and other types of cancer. For cancer patients, dancing can help to reduce fatigue, depression and anxiety that may arise out of treatment.

Dancing reduces the risk of osteoporosis. As a form of exercise, dancing increases bone density. For people who are beyond an age where this is likely to happen, dancing reduces the rate of decrease of bone density. Dancers are less likely to experience fractures than people who do not engage in any exercise. Dancing may be good for your children’s physical development too.

Dancing For Children
Dancing For Children

Dancing can prove to be the necessary lifestyle change for diabetes prevention. Dancing can reduce your body’s resistance to insulin. For people who are already suffering from diabetes, dancing may improve insulin sensitivity and absorption. This would work to reduce the effects of the condition.

Let’s get dancing

Dancing is not a difficult type of exercise to engage in. It does not require any special equipment. It can be carried out in a group setting or by yourself. It can be a healthy family activity which can improve relationships as well as enhance the understanding of different cultures.

Lets Get Dancing
Lets Get Dancing

Dancing is a flexible exercise which can be fitted into any part of your schedule. Due to the options available, dancing is an easily manageable exercise. You can learn new dance moves from the internet and incorporate them into your schedule easily. If you are considering exercise but have some trouble making it work, dancing could be the choice for you.


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