The beauty of dance is that anyone can do it, there really are no restrictions.
Even a lack of rhythm can be overcome - except possibly in my case, although I have perfected something that looks a lot like the ‘dad dance’ these days - and you can enjoy the classics, like an elegant Foxtrot or a graceful Waltz.
Dancing is fun
Ballroom dancing has been around since the 16th century and is still going strong today. There has never been a better time to grab your dancing shoes than right now, whether you’re a former dancehall champion or a newcomer looking to take your first tentative steps on the dancefloor. Regardless of your abilities dancing is fun and a great way to socialise.
Plus, it’s been proven that it’s also a great way to keep fit and healthy.
Benefits for health
Numerous studies have been done that prove dancing is great for not only physical health, but mental health too. These include improved muscular strength, co-ordination, flexibility, increased aerobic fitness and spatial awareness, to name a few.
Many types of dancing are full-body workouts, where you utilise the majority of your muscle groups, unlike when you’re working out at the gym. This is a great way to effectively manage weight and improve cardiovascular health. Regular dancing as part of your exercise regime will also result in a boost in energy levels.
The psychological benefits of dancing are also numerous. This includes improved mood, greater self-confidence and self-esteem, as well as improved social skills.
The complex mental and physical coordination helps to boost memory and brain function, which might guard your mind against developing dementia as you age. The act of dancing itself also induces the production of natural antidepressants such as endorphins in your body that aid in stress relief, which helps keep psychological illnesses such as depression and anxiety at bay.
Dancing is social
Dancing can also be particularly helpful in improving social skills as it is usually performed in a group setting or with a partner. Seeing others overcome their shyness or insecurities can aid in you overcoming your own issues. Dancing in a group or with a partner where physical contact is made enhances the experience of fellowship and helps people forge deeper ties with one another.
Dancing is a great way to kick start or add to your exercise regime, but remember to perform adequate warm-up and cool-down exercises to prevent injury, muscle strain or soreness. If you haven’t exercised for a long time or have previous injuries, it might be wise to get your doctor’s advice on your physical limitations before commencing any exercise regime.
Above all, remember to have fun and enjoy yourself.