Healthy Living: Dancing Your Way To Good Health

Dancing is discussed and defined differently by different individuals but mostly as an activity to entertain others. It comes along with music and other art characters such as dance pieces which includes the movements.

However, dancing is a healthy tool that keeps improving one’s body system. Twisting the body as one many refer to dancing does not matter whether you are 80 years young or 8 years old, engaging in physical activities that involve dance changes you.

Regardless of the different age groups, each age space has a category that fits perfectly in though the preferences of the dance may differ as it is in music for different personalities. For example, most of the young children will prefer ballet, youth will do hip-hop, contemporary and the elders perhaps jazz or any other that may include Lyrical dance, ballroom dance and many others.

With different individual reasons, one thing’s for sure: The physical, mental, and emotional health benefits of dancing are endless. However, below are some of the benefits of dancing.

  1. Dancing improves the cardiovascular health which involves the heart pumping. Furthermore, all styles of dance make for great cardio workouts since the heart rate gets challenged from executing the different moves.
  2. Dancing improves the balance and strength in movement hence the great form of physical fitness because it incorporates movements on all planes of motion and from all directions.
  3. Challenging the brain as a benefit of dancing for example If you’ve ever tried tap dancing which is involved the ballet dancing, then you know exactly what we mean by dance challenging your brain.
  4. It also helps boost your mood. Movement and dance are extremely expressive, which can allow you to escape and let loose which helps improve your mental and emotional health by reducing stress, decreasing the symptoms of anxiety and depression, and boosting your self-esteem.

The benefits of dance encompass all areas of health, including physical, mental, and emotional. Not only does it give you a way to express yourself and have fun, but it also counts towards your cardiovascular exercise minutes for the week. So, grab a friend, join a beginner or intro class, and get moving!

Here are some of the dance moves you try out

Compiled by: Cindy Atuhurira 2nd year student from MUBS

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