Did you know that the earliest origins of dance can be found in a cave painting in India, dating back 9000 years? Or that early Egyptians used dance during religious ceremonies more than 5300 years ago?
Dancing is so much more than just shaking your hips on the dance floor to your favourite tunes. In fact, you’ll be surprised how many benefits are associated with dancing:
- Boosts memory – According to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, dancing can boost memory and prevent memory loss or dementia as you get older.
- Improves flexibility – Dancing is great for increasing your flexibility and reducing stiffness. Increased flexibility can also help ease joint pain and post-exercise soreness.
- Reduces stress – When we move and dance our body releases endorphins, which is our body’s natural painkiller. Endorphins also play an important part in improving sleep quality.
- Reduces depression – Studies have found that dancing really does lift your spirits and can help reduce depression.
- Burn calories – It goes without saying that dancing is an excellent way to burn calories and can help you build strength, improve stamina and improve your overall heart health.
Not only does dancing train your brain and your body’s motor skills, but it’s also an excellent way to exercise your entire body. Dancing regularly can help you improve your general well-being, boost your self-esteem and has also been shown to improve your social skills.
Get fit through dance
Zumba is a popular fitness programme inspired by Latin dance, and the word “Zumba” comes from a Colombian word that means to move fast and have fun. Using upbeat Latin music together with cardiovascular exercise, Zumba is aerobic dancing that’s great fun and easy to learn.
Dance Aerobics is a form of physical exercise which combines cardio, stretching, strength training and dance. It’s a particular type of workout style performed in a group exercise setting, usually performed in a gym or dance studio.
Street dance describes urban dance styles that evolved in the street, school yards and nightclubs, including hip hop, popping, locking, krumping and breaking.
Dancer and choreographer Martha Graham once said “Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.” There are so many reasons to try dancing this International Dancing Day and it’s one of the easiest forms of exercise to engage in! Just turn on whatever music you like, find a good spot and move your body to the rhythm. So what are you waiting for? Start reaping the many health benefits of dance today and visit One You Leeds