I am not the world’s greatest dancer. Honestly, it is not humility when I say that I do not dance in public. However, I recently tried a new health and wellness routine. It suggested that to warm up before my workout I dance, and find ways to dance and integrate music to my stretches and cardio. The first suggestion was to make a playlist of my favorite upbeat and active songs and dance for the first song. I cannot express how much this jumpstarted my healthy journey and lightened my mood. Being healthy and staying active just doesn’t feel like a chore if you include your favorite music and the word “dance.” I wasn’t worried about the time and every time I started my workout I smiled. A recent article from Huffington Post gives several reasons why it was such a positive experience for me, and why you should integrate dancing into your everyday routine.
- Dancing is a great cardio workout. Cardio activity is recommended, but it is often difficult finding ways to fit it in. Some may say dancing is “effortless cardio.”
- It’s fun and enjoyable (and those are good things). It’s ok to have fun and smile, dancing is an excellent way to exercise your body and increase your enjoyment for the day.
- It can be a social activity. Exercising often becomes isolating, running or cycling by yourself at the gym, but dancing is something you can do with any number of people.
- Anyone can dance. It’s not exclusive. Everyone can do it; any age, size, background or style can dance. It’s that simple.
- It can keep our brain sharp. Dancing stimulates your brain and helps you stay alert, just like music or games.
- It’s gentle on the body. Because dancing does not usually involve repetitive motions like strict exercise routines, it is a gentle way to keep all of your muscle agile.
- Dancing can improve your balance. Everyone has the possibility for falling, but dancing decreases the likelihood of physically harmful falls. The more you dance, the more practice you have of balancing and using your body in different spaces.
- You don’t need a lot of equipment. Many hobbies require uniforms and supplies, tools and equipment, but not dancing. All you need to start is your body, add in music and the attire of your choice and those are all the supplies you will need.
Benefits of Dance Tips: Huffington Post