“Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.”
– Oprah Winfrey
Do you ever feel like you just want to get up and bust a move? The next time you feel like dancing, get up and give it a shot — you’ll be having fun and doing your body a healthy favor, all at the same time.
Dancing is one of the healthiest activities there is. It can be as high energy as you’d like, and it’s great for people of all ages, from 2 to 102. Dancing is a way to rejuvenate your spirit, take a break, and get your whole body engaged, and all it takes to get started is a little bit of open space and your favorite melody.
This makes dancing a great way to get moving, especially during the cold winter months. When it’s too cold to go out, turning on a song and shaking your groove thing is a really great way to stay active.
For families, the winter weather can make it hard to go enjoy outdoor activities. But dancing is a way for everyone — from children, to parents, to seniors — to incorporate healthy movement into their day, while also helping banish those winter blues!
Need even more inspiration to crank up the music and start dancing this winter? Here are three major reasons why dancing can be great for your health, especially during the winter doldrums:
1.) Dancing Is a Whole-Body Workout
When you get up and get grooving, you’re activating many different parts of your body all at once. As a result, dancing is a proven way to help:
- Improve your cardiovascular health
- Increase strength
- Increase flexibility
- Improve coordination and motor skills
- Improve balance and stability
- Promote weight loss
- Burn calories
Dancing is a way to stretch your muscles, build strength, and get your heart rate up, all at the same time. That’s strength training, stretching, and aerobic exercise all at the same time, and all while you’re having a ton of fun.
In fact, during the winter months, high energy dancing can even be a replacement for other forms of exercise. For instance, did you know that one hour of aerobic dancing may help you burn north of 430 calories? That’s about the same as an hour’s worth of jogging.
Do you have a favorite go-to dance move? Need a great new trick to try out on the dance floor (or in your living room)? Check out some of our favorites in the graphic below:
2.) Dancing Can Help Clear Your Mind
Over the years, studies have repeatedly linked dancing and mental health. And multiple surveys have shown more or less the same thing: the more you get moving, the healthier and happier you may be.
As the Everyday Health blog points out, various studies have shown that dancing on a regular basis can:
- Reduce stress
- Minimize and eliminate symptoms of depression
- Increase energy levels
On top of its built-in benefits, dancing is a great way to bring family and friends together for some shared quality time. The social aspects of dancing can have huge health and wellness benefits, too, particularly for adults. In fact, studies have shown that adults and seniors who feel socially connected report feeling happier, experience less chronic illness, and even live longer.
“Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.”
– Kurt Vonnegut
3.) Dancing Can Improve Memory
Have you ever been studying for a test or trying to memorize a big presentation at work? Sometimes, it helps to get up and start moving around a little bit to get your ideas flowing and help lock your thoughts into place.
Turns out, there’s some real scientific merit to this trick. In fact, dancing has been tied to memory in remarkably interesting ways. Studies have shown that dancing can have a major anti-aging effect on the hippocampus region of the brain, an area that is responsible for memory and learning. A big part of the reason why? Researchers believe that learning dance steps and practicing them in rhythm can help activate your brain’s memory and thinking functions, more so than other forms of aerobic exercise.
Do You Boogie the Winter Blues Away?
Do you have any fun stories about dancing that you’d love to share? Have you made dance a part of your family’s winter wellness regimen? We’d love to hear from you. Join our community on Facebook to share your favorite dances, or to see pictures from our recent Wellnesspalooza event, where we talked about healthy ways to get up and get moving, including learning some new dance moves.
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