The Amazing Benefits Of Dancing

I hate dancing; said no one ever. Dancing has always been prevalent with humans even before the arrival of written texts. Just as a language is incorporated into all cultures and ethnicity, dancing is also a crucial part of different sects of people both small (such as groups) and wide (such as continents/ religions). 

Dancing is a rhythmic performing art, which entails different articulated and purposefully selected sequential moves that are made by a body.

We have different types of dances such as waltz, lion dance, salsa, samba, rumba, mamba, cha-cha, can-can, tap dance, hip-hop dance, polka, ballet, tango, belly dance, etc.

Some individuals take dancing as a full-time profession; some see it as an alternative to exercise, while some see it as a great extra-curricular activity or hubby.

Whichever category it falls under, the popularly agreed and accepted knowledge about dancing is that it has an enormous amount of mental and health benefits to the human body.

The health benefits of dancing can be closely associated to that which you get from cardiovascular activities or aerobic exercises. A snippet taken from PRNewswire says “Dancing' is the New Miracle Drug” Dr. Patricia Bragg, World Health Crusader

Few health benefits of dancing

Overall stamina and agility increase: 
Constant movements of the body in sequences would cause you to have an increased ability to maintain a better center of gravity, better agility, and faster responsive motions. 

While general exercise also improves stamina and balance, dancing tends to work on all parts of the body at the same time. 

The director of education for AKT and a professional dancer; Tylicki Jonathan said “Movements that we typically do in our daily life, like walking, taking the stairs, and common workouts like treadmills and cycling, occur in the sagittal plane, but dance works your body from all planes, including lateral and rotational, which turns on and conditions all muscles, meaning no muscle is left behind,” 

Memory increase: 
 Apart from preventing diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia, dancing increases our memory and improves general brain health. 

A page from The Newyork Times suggests that dancing moves and impulses that need to be learned or upgraded helps to improve brain activity and thinking.

A page from the Harvard medical school webpage titled Dancing and the Brain had this as part of their snippets ‘A 2003 study in the New England Journal of Medicine by researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine discovered that dance can decidedly improve brain health.’

Improved flexibility: 
 Dancing causes your muscles and ligaments to have a wider range of motions. Almost all dance styles will improve your posture, alignment, coordination, and flexes the mobility of your joints. This is essential for all ages but tends to come as a very huge benefit to elderly people. 

A page of the Express daily had this on their health section “Inactive people are robbed of retirements because weak bones and joints lead to falls which render them immobile at a huge cost to the state, their families and their enjoyment of later life” Ukactive’s Steven Ward

Some diseases that dancing also prevents are; Obesity, Dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Anxiety, Depressions, Etc. 

Although, sometimes injuries can be induced by dancing; such as muscles and ligaments overstretching, blisters, foot problems, impact injuries, bruising, etc. These injuries would most likely not occur except a person decides to take it to a professional level. 

That is why it is advisable to follow the guidance of a dance instructor or dance teacher, and relate any issues not regarding how small you might think the issues are.