DancingImagine how it feels like to dance on the floor? It feels great and looks fabulous, isn’t it? Dance is one of my favorite exercises. For a lot of people who might struggle to find the ideal fitness routine, dance can be a perfect choice. We often consider Dancing as a recreational activity but overlook the positive physical, mental, and social health benefits that it can offer. Let’s take a fresh look at the amazing health benefits of dancing.


Cardiovascular health
Dancing provides a great cardiovascular workout that could be done anywhere without the hassle of going to a gym or grasping equipment. All you need is yourself. Social dancing is going to pump more gas into your heart tank because you are doing endurance exercises for a long period of time. Dancing can burn lots of energy because it involves “movement in all directions”.

Slows down the aging clock
When it comes to aging prevention, dancing offers its unique advantages to slow down the aging process and even prevent memory loss. A recent study from Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, linked dancing to improved “white matter” integrity in the brains of seniors. White matter is the tissue through which messages pass between different areas of the gray matter within the central nervous system. It is the myelin that gives the white matter its color. Certain conditions have long been associated with damage to the myelin sheath. For instance, multiple sclerosis attacks myelin and causes a gradually worsening weakness that can lead to paralysis. White matter tends to break down gradually as we age, which leads to thinking and memory issues later in life. The good news is that dancing regularly can slow down this aging process and keep your memory sharp.

Enhances the coordination of the whole body
Dancing involves coordinating over multiple limb segments smoothly and effectively. Improving your coordination can enhance your balance, also reduces wear and tear on your joints and tissues, and prevents injuries during physical activities. The coordination and balance you established today will help prevent falls later in your life.

Dances away dementia
What about dancing away dementia? New research published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that dancing dramatically reduces the occurrence of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Weight loss
Every dance is different but generally speaking, these are fun and vigorous physical activities that tend to be underrated for their fitness benefits especially when it comes to weight loss. You can build muscles and get a good cardio workout at the same time through a great dance session, and here we’re looking at five styles in particular that can help you drop unwanted weight and reshape your body.

1. Hip Hop
Hip HopHip hop dance is a little bit difficult to define, though that’s part of the idea. It can go in any style, with the constant factors being that it’s very high energy and that it demands quick movement. This makes it ideal for weight loss. It’s said that high-impact dancing can burn about 330 calories an hour, which is fairly efficient compared to a lot of other cardio activities. And when you want to master it, hip-hop dancing is about as high impact as it gets, you may even push that limit. What is even better, hip-hop dancing can improve your energy, lift your mood and lower your stress in ways similar to aerobic exercise.

2. Belly Dance
BellyBelly dancing doesn’t always seem like a personal option because it can seem more performative. Most of us have only seen belly dancers at the themed restaurants or on the theater stages. However, if you’re looking for something more low impact, belly dancing can also supposedly help you burn close to 300 calories in an hour. Furthermore, it helps specifically to work out areas that will prime you for exercise elsewhere. While it’s a stretch to say it helps to trim the fat in targeted areas, the focus on hip, leg, and belly movement can improve your flexibility and build the muscles in the hips and flutes that will prepare your body for other workouts and thus help your grater fitness effort.

3. Samba
SambaLike belly dancing, samba can seem like a form of performance art. It’s known largely for its prevalence in Brazilian clubs and represents this culture to the extent that it’s become the core of a video game about the same subject. “Dancing In Rio” captures the excitement of a carnival and involves samba music to establish a true Brazilian vibe, and exemplify how closely this genre is tied to the culture. But it’s also a dance style you can learn on your own, and one that can help burn calories and fat. While it can’t quite match hip-hop in most cases, it’s a high-energy dance that’s very demanding from a cardio perspective.

4. Salsa
SalsaThis is perhaps the most accessible form of dance on the list aside from hip-hop. Various forms of salsa are taught regularly in classes, and it’s a dance you can find clubs for or even compete in if you get really into it. And it won’t take you long to realize that you have to be in excellent shape to do it well. In this way, it can burn calories while you dance and motivate you to work on your fitness outside of dance as well.

5. Pole Dance
PoleThere’s a negative stigma attached to pole dancing. But if you forget about that and consider it purely as a physical activity, you can immediately begin to imagine just how great a workout it might be. An article in which someone with experience sought to set the record straight on pole dancing started off by saying most people doing it are in the best shape of their life, and also revealed that there’s been a push for pole dancing to become an Olympic sport! That should tell you just about all you need to know. I tried pole dancing last year, and to be honest, it is the hardest exercise I have ever tried. To sum up – it is tough!

Physical activates are just one part of our daily routines that keep us healthy and fit, Knowing how to deliver the right dose of nutrition at the right time will help you leverage your exercise results.

Now it is time to dance on the floor, are you ready yet? What are your favorite dances? Please share with us.


“Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore

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About the author: Lucy Liu
Lucy Liu

As a Holistic Health Practitioner, Registered Dietitian, TCM Practitioner, Energy Healer, Master Hypnotist, Reiki Master, Advanced Theta Healing Practitioner, Author and Speaker, Lucy Liu, the founder of optimalhealthsolutions.ca, has gained a good reputation in holistic health after many years of serving patients and clients as a holistic health practitioner. Lucy has developed a unique and comprehensive approach, which combines Western Medicine, Chinese Medicine, Energy Medicine, and Alternative Medicine together, to help others achieve optimal health by creating harmony between the body, mind, and spirit, and maintain long-term success for healthy lifestyle changes.
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