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Top 5 Reasons to 'Dance' Your Way to Good Health with Naatu Naatu!
Dance can benefit your health in so many ways, regardless of your age or ability. Check out these six compelling reasons to start dancing.
Dance Lowers the Risk of Dementia
Dancing is primarily associated with physical health advantages, but when you dance, you are moving many parts of your body in a coordinated manner, which activates several sections of your brain. One small study even discovered that dancing is linked to a lower risk of dementia. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, followed 469 adults aged 75 and over who did not have dementia when the study began. The researchers studied the relationship between leisure and physical activities and the risk of dementia over time. They discovered that the only physical activity related to a lower incidence of dementia was dancing.
Dance Improves Balance and Strength
One of the reasons dancing is such a tremendous form of physical activity, according to professional dancer Jonathan Tylicki, the director of education at AKT, a boutique fitness concept centered in dance, is that it incorporates motions on all planes of motion and from all directions.
"Movements that we typically do in our daily life, like walking, taking the stairs, and common workouts like treadmills and cycling, occur in the sagittal plane, but dance works your body from all planes, including lateral and rotational, which turns on and conditions all muscles, meaning no muscle is left behind," he said.
It helps to increase strength and improves balance.
Dance is a Challenging Brain Exercise
If you have ever attempted tap dancing, you will know that dance challenges your brain. According to Tylicki, the mental capacity required for dance demands you to focus on both the constant shifting of movement and retaining routines and patterns. This is a fantastic sort of brain workout for anyone of any age.
Dancing Helps to Avoid Heart Problems
An Australian study including 48,000 British adults discovered that moderate-intensity dancing is associated with a lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.
Dancers had a 46% decreased risk of cardiovascular death when compared to those who rarely or never danced. The study also showed that the social aspect of dance, as well as the relaxation it provides, may be responsible for some of its health benefits.
Dance Improves the Mood
"Movement and dance are incredibly expressive, allowing you to escape and let loose," Tylicki explained. This "letting go" improves your mental and emotional health by reducing stress, alleviating anxiety and depression symptoms, and raising your self-esteem.