Dance workouts have become the latest craze! Not only is it a great way to get motivated to move, but it also has some great health benefits!
According to Women’s Health Magazine, even primitive cultures used movement to express themselves. “The instinctual rhythm response starts in your brain, where musical vibrations light up timing circuits that prompt you to reflexively bust a move. These same circuits are intertwined with your brain’s communication and memory systems, which is why songs can trigger emotional reactions…
…a study in Circulation: Heart Failure found that people with cardiac conditions who danced for just 20 minutes three times a week saw their heart health improve significantly more than those who stuck to traditional cardio workouts. Dancing can also help make your skeleton strong, per the National Osteoporosis Foundation, and it does wonders for your overall makeup: When researchers compared dancers with non dancers, they found evidence that dancing may preserve both motor skills and perceptual abilities.” (womenshealthmag.com)
According to a study in ‘The Arts in Psychotherapy’ there is a large supply of mood-improving chemicals released while dancing, meaning that dancing can improve your mental state. In a single dance session you can rid depression more than a high-energy workout or listening to up beat music.
Dancing is great for your physical and mental health no matter which type of dancing you choose. It is great for coordination, balance, and building stronger social connections. Some examples of dance workouts are Zumba, Belly Dancing, Ballroom Dancing, Jazzercise, and many more.
Whether you join a class or dance to a DVD at home, dancing at least 30 minutes a day is a healthy and fun addition for any lifestyle. Lets get moving!
Jim Neilson DC
Balance Chiropractic PC
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