Music and dancing are a big part of many cultures. Often when we hear music, we can’t help but tap our feet or sway our hips to the rhythm. But did you know that dancing actually has many proven health benefits too?

 

Boosts Memory/Decision Making

Physical exercise increases oxygen flow to the brain, helping you to stay sharp. It’s also important to give your brain a workout- you can train your memory by using it- so by learning a new skill such as dancing you will strengthen your brain, and boost your memory.

Dancing involves split-second, rapid decision-making, so it’s an excellent way to enhance your mental acuity and develop quick decision-making skills.

 

Slows Ageing

Studies have shown that frequent dancing may reduce the risk of dementia by as much as 76%! This is because as we age, brain cells and synapses become weaker, but dancing creates new neural pathways.

Another interesting study of elderly patients taking dance lessons twice a week for 6 months showed improvement in verbal fluency and word list recognition.

 

Lifts the Mood

Dancing releases more endorphins than other types of exercise, promoting feelings of happiness, fun, and relaxation.

It can also be a social activity where we can connect with others and have a laugh- building confidence, reducing stress, and helping us feel positive.

As well as giving a general feeling of well-being, dancing has been shown to help with mental health, including reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression.    

 

 

Improves Balance and Coordination

Research suggests that through years of training, dancers are able to suppress signals from the balance organs in the inner ear- giving dancers better balance and resistance to feeling dizzy.

All types of dance help with balance and coordination, as you dance you’ll develop your movement skills as well as improving your timing and rhythm.

 

Good for Physical Health/Fitness

Dancing gets you moving and raises your heartbeat! It’s a great form of aerobic exercise, which will help lower your risk of heart problems, as well as diabetes, high blood pressure and even cancer.

Sometimes going to the gym may feel like a chore, but dancing’s fun, so it can be much easier to stick to! Plus a gym membership can be expensive- but with dancing all you need is a bit of space and some music!

As you dance more, you will build strength, stamina and fitness levels, and it can even help with weight loss!