5 Ways Dance Can Improve Your Life
by Shari Baldie
Looking to be more active or learn a new hobby? Consider signing up for a dance class. Dance is a great form of exercise and a fun way to get into shape. Plus its health and social benefits have been proven to improve your life.
Dance classes are a full-body workout. You can build endurance and coordination while improving your flexibility and balance. Dancing also reduces your risk of developing chronic conditions like heart disease and osteoporosis. According to a 2016 study by the American Journal of Preventive , individuals who regularly participated in moderate-intensity dancing were 46% less likely to develop or succumb to cardiovascular diseases.
With depression, stress, and anxiety on the rise, finding ways to boost your energy and reduce stress levels is key. Activities like dance increase serotonin levels. In addition, a study from the New England Journal of Medicine found that dancing regularly helps to improve memory function. It also reduces the risk for developing cognitive diseases like dementia later in life.
Having a shared experience with others in a dance class helps to foster a sense of belonging and community. Building connections with individuals who have similar interests and making new friends while having fun broadens your social circle.
When you learn a new style of dance, you’re not only learning the steps. You learn about the culture and history of the dance. This broadens your understanding of other cultures and enhances your knowledge.
Dance is an art form that allows you to tap into your imagination and creativity. Having an outlet to express yourself through movement in new and unexpected ways can improve your self esteem.
Whether you are looking to get in shape, boost your mood, make new friends, or just have fun, dance offers something for everyone. At the Sanctuary we offer a variety of dance classes for the BIPOC community. Take a look at our offerings and see what interests you. Improve your life today.
American Journal of Preventive Medicine study: https://www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-3797(16)00030-1/fulltext
New England Journal of Medicine study: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa022252
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