Dust off your dancing shoes and turn on the radio! Dancing is a proven uplifting and heart-healthy practice. Here are some health benefits that dancing can offer.
Dancing burns calories
When you dance to your favorite song, you’re burning calories. Just 30 minutes of dancing can burn up to 250 calories. That’s as many calories as a 30-minute jog! For an intense workout, try fast salsa, hip hop or break dancing. For low impact dancing, try line dancing or waltzing. Beginner classes are available at local studios and online.
Dancing can be an effective cardio workout
Cardio workouts increase your heart and breath rate. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), at least 150 minutes (about 2 and a half hours) of cardio every week improves heart health. For effective cardio, dance to fast-paced music. Build your own cardio dance workout by starting with slower music, increasing the tempo over time. Cool down with slower music. You can also take cardio dance classes online or at a community studio.
Dancing boosts your mood
Dancing releases dopamine and endorphins, neurotransmitters that boost your mood. In a study by UCLA, 98% of dancers surveyed said that dancing made them feel more confident. Many find that dancing at social outings is fun. Others feel more comfortable dancing behind closed doors. Try dancing in the morning to set a positive tone for the rest of the day.
Dancing is good for your pelvic floor
The pelvic floor is an important group of muscles that surround the pelvis. They help maintain bladder control and pelvic alignment. When your pelvic floor is strong, it may be easier to maintain a healthy posture. When you move your legs to dance, your pelvic muscles engage to keep balance. Dancing keeps your pelvic floor active, strengthening those muscles over time.
Dancing can keep you active and healthy. Make dancing a part of your home workout routine or find a community. Explore more of our at-home workouts here.