The Overall Benefits of Dance

fads-overall-benefits-of-danceWe get it. We’ve been there. You’re stressed, a little frazzled, and you want to be in better shape. But you’re not really the type with a hobby to take your mind off daily issues, and you’re not a gym rat or interested in team sports. What to do? Hey, you’ve already found our Dance Blog – and you have definitely come to the right place!

Check out Fred Astaire Dance Studios for dance lessons (private or group) and dance parties that will “de-stress” you, improve your mental outlook, give you more social interaction and help your physical conditioning. Yes, all of that. From dancing.

You don’t have to be an athlete to be a dancer. Dancing isn’t about winning – it’s about self-expression, camaraderie, fun, and being the you that you want, and know you can be. Setting aside a part of your busy day for dance is, in a sense, like having a new pastime. It’s a pleasurable activity that takes your mind off the nagging details of daily life, while engaging a different part of your brain and your body. As you learn and master new steps, watch your self-esteem and confidence soar!

So, what are the overall benefits of dance? We’re glad you asked!

A Great Workout: Dance is a low-impact aerobic activity that can help you burn fat, lose weight and increase your metabolism. Ballroom Dance can increase flexibility, range of motion, endurance, core strength, balance and lung capacity. Dance is also an excellent maintenance exercise, to stay healthy and toned once you’ve reached your goal weight.

Physical Benefits: Ballroom dance lessons can improve cardiovascular health, strengthen weight-bearing bones, reduce blood pressure, cholesterol, joint pain, bone loss related to osteoporosis, and lower the risks of obesity and Type 2 Diabetes.

Mental Benefits: Ballroom dancing improves mental acuity, memory, alertness, awareness, focus and concentration. It can prevent the onset of dementia and significantly improve spatial memory in elderly patients. Among younger dancers, dance can reduce anxiety; and partner dancing can decrease loneliness, stress and depression among all age groups.

Social Benefits: Every opportunity to dance will help improve your comfort level, confidence and communication skills on the dance floor. Dance brings people together, and can expand your social circle, build connections and help you engage with people in a low-pressure environment. It’s perfect for singles who want to step up their dating game, couples looking to reconnect, and for adults interested in discovering something new and inspiring, just for them. And even better… you will notice these new attributes taking root in other areas of your life as well.

Whether it’s line dances or up-tempo fun in salsa, dance is exercise – but without the atmosphere of a gym or the need to repeat boring actions (been on a treadmill?) to get the heart pumping. A study in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology noted that an exercise program of aerobic dance training is just as good for inducing weight loss and developing aerobic conditioning as bicycling and jogging. Dancing and stretching make a great combination as well.

Those are just a few of the benefits you will discover when you sign up for dance lessons at Fred Astaire Dance Studios. Less stress, better conditioning, more flexibility, weight loss, new friends – sounds like a good deal to us. And our special introductory offer for new students will give you a great deal on getting started. We hope to see you soon!