From aerobic health to good bone health, flexibility and mental health, interval exercise can do a lot.

Dance can be many things: artistic expression, interesting hobby, cultural representation and a beautiful form of movement.

“Dance is a collective form,” says Julie Granger, personal trainer at the International Sports Science Association (ISSA) in Paris, and founder and founder of The Studio Paris and Ballerina Body Training. most important education. Dancing not only works the muscles and parts of the whole body but also increases the heart rate. Besides, dancing can be fun.

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The style of dance you dance to can affect the intensity of your workout, but almost any style of dance can be a workout. Granger, a former professional ballet dancer, says she chooses her dance style based on her favorite song. You can sign up for a class at a local gym or studio, take a virtual class, or head into town. “Whatever you choose to do, whether it’s dancing at the club on a Saturday night, you’ll benefit,” he said.

So what are the specific health benefits of being active? Health benefits of different types of exercise; Others are special for dancing.

Here are some ways research can help improve your health.

1. Dancing improves heart health

Like other aerobic exercises, dancing improves the functioning of the cardiovascular system. A 2016 study  was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine

The study also notes that the social aspect of dance and the relaxation it provides (more on that below) may be responsible for its health benefits.

2. Dancing is the mainstay

According to the Mayo Clinic, dancing improves balance and helps tone the core muscles.

Granger adds that this is especially true of ballet. “Ballet teaches you to stay still and stand on one leg most of the time,” she says. “It helps you work muscles in your body that you might not otherwise be able to use.” She also notes that you’re also working your abs, “this is an important part of balance.”

3. Dancing improves endurance

In addition to building strength, many types of dance stretch the entire body, which can increase flexibility, says Dr. Sharon. Elizabeth Gardner is an orthopedic sports medicine physician at Yale Medical School and an associate professor at Yale Medical School in New Haven, Connecticut. “Both (building strength and flexibility) can help improve balance, help prevent falls, and reduce the risk of injury in other areas,” he explains.

This is especially true for ballet dancers. “Training ballet requires a lot of flexibility. Flexibility means better mobility, so everyday activities become more enjoyable, whether you’re doing yoga or trying to reach the top of the kitchen cabinets,” Granger said.

4. Dancing helps to lose weight

Dancing is both a form of aerobic exercise and a good calorie-burner, says Dr. gardeners. “Jumping and spinning are good aerobic exercises, while squatting and balancing activates the anaerobic energy system,” she explains.

In general, the faster the dance style, the more calories and energy you burn.

According to Harvard Medical School, 30 minutes of dancing can burn between 90 and 252 calories, depending on dance style and body weight. This intense calorie burn will help you lose weight while trying to lose weight. If you want to burn maximum calories, Granger recommends taking an aerobic dance class to burn calories and improve fitness. 

5. Dancing is good for bone health

“As a form of weightlifting, unlike cycling or swimming in place, dancing can help maintain bone density,” says Gardner. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, intense weight training, including some form of dance, can help maintain bone mass and even build new bone mass.

Some research suggests that dancing in adults with osteoporosis may help reverse some of the damage caused by this chronic disease. Another study of children found that after three years, children who practiced ballet had higher bone mineral content than children who did not practice ballet.

6. Dancing prevents memory loss

Dancing often requires learning movements and routines (choreography).

“There is excellent evidence that social dancing reduces the risk of cognitive decline with age,” says Dr. Carolyn Fredericks, a neuroscientist at the Yale School of Medicine,  wrote a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

“We always recommend aerobic exercise, social activity, and cognitive challenge for older adults—social dance provides all three,” says Dr. Fredericks.

7. Dancing is good for mental health

Research shows that dancing can help reduce anxiety, increase confidence, and improve mental health.

Some forms of dance have also been used to treat depression. Research published in Frontiers in Psychology in 2019

8. Dancing helps relieve stress

When you’re having a rough day, do you put on your favorite music, take the train, and let off some steam? According to the Mayo Clinic, any form of exercise can help reduce stress. But dancing is especially good for this.

The results of the study were published in  the International Journal of Stress Biology

9. Dancing helps us feel socially connected

Social connections and interactions are an important part of physical and mental health. Many studies have shown that feeling lonely or socially isolated can have negative health effects.

“Dance is about sharing and when you’re surrounded by other people, you know that you all have something in common,” says Granger. “Come to class and feel the energy of space.”

By Lusjan