Saturday, 27 September 2014

Dance and health

Dance, for me it is passion. For my mum, it is entertainment. For my dad, it is just a noisy thing with all the blaring speakers in my home. But in the recent times, people have started considering dance to be one form of workout. Be it a slow beat ballet or a fast beat jazz, people consider it to be a fitness training.  Dance, which is an aerobic loosens the muscles and adds flexibility to the body.

Getting started with dancing

Dance requires interest and not perfection. All that you need to do is open up yourself and enjoy each and every move you make. There has bee a tremendous increase in the no.of dance schools in each locality. Or you can just start off with a "bale bale" in sangeets and mehandi functions. Newbies have to stretch for a few minutes every time they get to dance. Or else, it may lead to severe injuries due to the lack of flexibility.  

Health benefits of dancing

Dancing can be a way to stay fit for people of all ages, shapes and sizes. It has a wide range of physical and mental benefits including:

  • improved condition of your heart and lungs
  • increased muscular strength, endurance and motor fitness
  • increased aerobic fitness
  • improved muscle tone and strength
  • weight management
  • stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis
  • better agility and flexibility
  • improved balance and spatial awareness
  • increased physical confidence
  • improved mental functioning

Dance for mental relaxation

Personally, I dance when I feel low. Dance is my mood lifter. Not just me, many find dance to be a stress remover. When dance is taken seriously, it immensely improves your concentration and thus takes off your mind from stress. A relaxed mind innovates, recreates and reinvents new ideas. 

"A sound mind is a sound body", and hence it is advisable to take up dance seriously for a healthier life.


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