Health Benefits of dancing
People dance for many reasons but did you know that that dancing has great health benefits as well?
- Improve the condition of your hearts and lungs; due to the (sometimes) aerobic nature of some of the faster dances.
At 5th Avenue Dance we structure your 45 minute lessons to warm up with a Foxtrot which moves around the room, then a slower Latin dance the rumba, before we hit the faster tempos of Swing, a break with some wonderful Waltz, before moving onto a faster Cha Cha then cool down with a Tango.
- Increase your muscular strength. When your dancing, your moving!
Our 5th Avenue Dance instructors are very aware of your starting level of fitness, and take this into account as we teach you to dance, and within a very short period of time what you can do, increases
- Increase endurance. While dancing does not seem like exercise in the same way as going to the gym, riding a bike or training for a triathlon we are dancing and moving for 45 minutes a good workout for a long time, the difference is the music and fun (not to mention the skill you are learning).
- Weight management. The main thing you need to burn calories is not just exercise, but a variety of exercise. Your body gets used to just swimming, or just running. Dancing a variety of dances uses different muscle groups at different speeds, this is hard for you body to “get use to” so therefore more calories are burnt.
- Stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis: According to: Osteoporosis Australia https://www.osteoporosis.org.au dancing is categorised as highly Osteogenic.
The impact of selected exercises on bone health
– Highly Osteogenic include: Dancing/Gymnastics, Basketball/Netball, Tennis, Jump rope
– Moderately Osteogenic include: Running/Jogging, Brisk/Hill walking, Stair climbing
– Low Osteogenic include: Leisure walking, Lawn Bowls, Yoga/Pilates
– Non-Osteogenic include: Swimming and Cycling
- Better coordination, agility and flexibility.
At 5th Avenue Dance we concentrate on feet placement and timing, which leads to better balance and coordination and gives you increased agility and flexibility as well as spatial awareness (very important on a social dance floor with many other couples dancing and having fun)
- Increased physical confidence: as your stamina increases, together with balance and timing your physical confidence in what you can do skyrockets. For those needing the occasional helping hand, your connection to your dance partner supplies this – allowing you to fly across the dance floor
- Improved general and psychological wellbeing:
Dancing is known to assist people afflicted with Dementia and you can read more about how dancing can help on our Dementia Dance Therapy article
- Better social skills
At 5th Avenue Dance we are constantly recommending changing partners in group lessons. Our students make us so proud, even those who have their own partner go out of the way to ask and dance with all partners