I express the inexpressible without words through you, I forget my troubles through you, I feel my body, mind, and soul to be in perfect harmony through you, I get introduced to the beautiful me through you- Dance, how magical you are!

Undoubtedly dance is one of the most wonderful activities which comes with its own beauty and benefit! It is not just a pastime or a great skill that comes handy at social gatherings or for having fun in free time, but has much more to it. Not many people are aware that dance is incredibly beneficial for their health and the reasons are many! And remember you don’t have to be a dancing queen or in perfect shape to gain health benefits from dance. Just dance as if nobody is watching you! All you need is yourself! And you will be amazed to see its benefits!

Read on to know some of the most remarkable and inspiring health benefits of dance:

Let Loose!

Almost 90% New Year resolutions of women around the globe revolve around losing weight. So here is an interesting way to accomplish your resolution without going through the miserable process. Enroll yourself in dance classes as dance is a great exercise which helps in burning calories. On an average, a person of 150 pound burns around 240 calories while dancing. Once dance become a regular activity in your schedule, you can burn more and more calories. It is more like an exercise in disguise. It also helps you tone your muscles and develop an athletic physique.

Hale and hearty

Dancing increases your heart rate, it is like a cardiovascular exercise, which benefits your heart generally. It is a wonderful workout for the heart. According to the scientific studies from two Sydney universities, people touching the age bar of 40 who participate in dance lower the risk of cardiovascular disease by almost 50%.

That’s the right way baby

Due to the hectic lifestyle and jobs where we need to sit in front of computers for long hours, we end up damaging our posture which affects our health resulting in back ache, stress etc. When one dances one works on one’s postures and learn the right postures which can be applied in daily life too. Dance also improves breathing process.

Happy go lucky

Have you ever wondered why dancing makes you feel good? How does it lift the spirits? Dance psychologist Dr. Peter Lovatt of the University of Hertfordshire says, “Dancing stimulates us physically and emotionally while there are also cognitive and social elements to it.” He also shares, “You appear to get a much bigger release of endorphins when you dance than during other forms of exercise; it also connects with the emotional centers in the brain. For many people, dancing prompts an emotional release – often that’s uncomplicated happiness, while for some it can make them cry. It’s cathartic – a letting go of pent-up emotions.” No doubt dance also improves one’s mood instantly!

Bend it like Beckham

Dance makes one’s body flexible as one learns various movements, high kicks, flamboyant moves, stretching and much more. So by making your body flexible, you not only gain an athletic body but also avoid various types of injuries.

Food for thought

As we age our cognitive functions (the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses) start deteriorating but scientific studies show that dance can be of great help in combating the deterioration. The studies also show that dance stimulates the release of the brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a protein that promotes the growth, maintenance, and plasticity of neurons necessary for learning and memory.

No matter what your age, what’s your size, dance embraces all! Dance away to good health today!

Pooja Chaudhary