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Dancing And Its Unexpected Health Benefits

by Phil Mutz
Phil is an Editor at LittleThings. He loves writing and the outdoors. You can often find him at the movies or the park.

You may be the type of person who loves to dance whenever you can. Or you may be someone who hasn’t danced in years — perhaps decades.

But either way, the fact remains that dancing is surprisingly good for your health. Beyond the obvious aerobic nature of this type of exercise, dance can lead to a whole long list of health benefits.

Regardless of your age or status in life, there are still fun and easy ways to include more dancing in your life, and to boost your health in the process.

Scroll through below for an exclusive look at some easy ways to dance more, and how that dance can be benefiting your body — inside and out.

I figured dancing would be good for my stamina, but I had no clue that it could be lowering my cholesterol and easing my anxiety at the same time!

When was the last time you went dancing? How do you plan to add a little more of this fun, health-boosting activity into your life? Let us know in the comments.

Ways To Enjoy Dance
Tip #1: Dance At Home

<u>Ways To Enjoy Dance</u><br>Tip #1: Dance At Home
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You’ve probably heard the advice before: “Dance like nobody’s watching.”

Well, if you want to improve your mental and physical health, you absolutely should!

Dancing at home is so easy. Turn on the music and ask a loved one for a dance in the living room.

Or better yet, crank up the tunes when no one is home, and dance to your heart’s content.

Tip #2: Take A Dance Class

Tip #2: Take A Dance Class
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Dance classes are another simple way to include more dance in your life.

There are classes out there for all ages and all skill levels.

And with so many types of classes to choose from — ballet, salsa, tango, tap, waltz, swing — you are bound to find one that makes you want to get down and boogie!

Tip #3: Hit The Town

Tip #3: Hit The Town
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And then, of course, you can always go out dancing on the town.

Don’t be afraid to go for it — ask your friends to take you for a night of dancing.

There is nothing quite so fun (and beneficial to your health) as a night of sweating it out on the dance floor!

Keep scrolling to see just how including more dance in your life can be extremely beneficial to your health.

Health Benefits Of Dance
Benefit #1: Improves Flexibility

<u>Health Benefits Of Dance</u><br>Benefit #1: Improves Flexibility
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Have you become accustomed to stiffness or muscle pain? Dancing is a great way to combat both!

Everyday Health writes, “Those plies and arabesques that ballet dancers practice aren’t just for aesthetics — they also increase flexibility and reduce stiffness.

“Increasing your flexibility will help ease joint pain and post-exercise soreness.”

Benefit #2: Strengthens Bones

Benefit #2: Strengthens Bones
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As aging bones get more brittle, it can become increasingly important to keep them strong and healthy. And dancing may be just the ticket.

According to Dancescape.com, “Dance aids in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis for men and women.

“Dancing can also help keep joints lubricated in order to prevent arthritis.”

Benefit #3: Battles Diabetes

Benefit #3: Battles Diabetes
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Preventing diabetes or keeping it under control can seem like a daunting task, but dancing might just help.

Dancescape.com writes, “Dancing is also great for diabetics because it aids in blood sugar control.”

Benefit #4: Improves Mood

Benefit #4: Improves Mood
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There is nothing that will battle the blues quite like dancing around your living room or hitting the town with friends.

According to Healthguidance.org: “Dancing is a fantastic way to improve your mood.

“Dancing will help to produce natural antidepressants like endorphins, but is also just a lot of fun!”

Benefit #5: Helps Heart Health

Benefit #5: Helps Heart Health
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Has your doctor told you to keep an eye on your heart health? Dance is an easy way to help things along.

According to Everyday Health: “Dance is a great activity for those at risk for cardiovascular disease.

“People with heart failure who took up waltzing improved their heart health… significantly compared to those who biked or walked on a treadmill for exercise, noted an Italian study.”

Benefit #6: Boosts Brain Power

Benefit #6: Boosts Brain Power
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Dancing may just give your brain the boost that you’ve been looking for.

Alternet.org writes, “Dance stimulates the release of [a] brain-derived protein neurotropic factor that promotes the growth, maintenance, and plasticity of neurons necessary for learning and memory.”

Benefit #7: Improves Cholesterol

Benefit #7: Improves Cholesterol
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Many of us have been told that our cholesterol levels are too high. But we probably never thought to try dancing as a solution.

Dancescape.com writes, “Dancing aids in lipid control, which raises our HDL (good cholesterol), and lowers our LDL (bad cholesterol).”

Benefit #8: Regulates Weight

Benefit #8: Regulates Weight
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Last, but certainly not least, dancing can help you to lose weight.

Healthguidance.org writes, “If you’re looking for a way to lose weight that’s fun and that you’re likely to stick to, then dance is a fantastic option.”

It can easily help you “begin to develop a more toned and athletic physique.”

Dancing truly can help to improve your physical and mental well-being in so many ways!

When was the last time you went dancing? What is your favorite kind of dance? Let us know in the comments.

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