Do you have two left feet or shy away from hitting the dance floor at weddings? It might be time to invest in some dance lessons. According to a recent studies not only will you likely have more fun at parties, but you’ll also be giving your brain a boost. Put on your dancing shoes – the benefits of dancing are real!
1. Give physical health a boost
Dancing regularly can improve your overall physical activity, even when you’re not on the dance floor. Increased physical activity means huge gains for your health. The benefits of exercise range from lowering your risk of diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease, sleeping better and being more energized by just taking dance classes twice a week
2. Get more brains and balance
Learning a choreography will actually improve your brainpower and balance. Dancers had better balance, motor coordination and posture than those who don’t dance at all. You’ll also better be able to process complex mental tasks while doing other things like walking or standing on one foot.
3. Increase brainpower
If you’re suffering from metabolic syndrome, putting on your dancing shoes is good for your brain. Metabolic syndrome is a disorder that involves a combination of at least three unpleasant health issues: obesity, high triglyceride levels, high blood sugar, high blood pressure or low HDL, also known as “good” cholesterol. One of the syndrome’s side effects is an increased risk in cognitive impairment.
Dancing is a pretty safe exercise but if you’re on medication, it’s wise to consult with your doctor before beginning a dance exercise program. Otherwise, however, your biggest problem might be trying to decide what type of dance to engage in!
Choosing a group class is your best option; you’ll reap the benefits of socialising while getting a brain boost. Making friends in class can also hold you accountable to regularly attending sessions.