Music and dancing have been a part of many different cultures for centuries. It is part of celebration and entertainment. And whether they knew it or not, way back when the dancing began, there are numerous amazing health benefits. Now that the American population is facing a major obesity epidemic, health benefits from dancing are something that should be taken a closer look at.
The health benefits of best salsa classes in Singapore
Not only is dancing an exceptional way to let loose and have fun, but it also provides some terrific benefits for our health. In fact, researchers reported that social dancing aids to:
- Reduce stress
- Increase energy
- Improve strength
- Increase muscle tone and coordination
Dancing the night away can burn more calories per hour than riding a bike or swimming. And whether we like to kick up our heels to hip-hop, salsa or country dancing can:
- Lower our risk of coronary heart disease
- Decrease blood pressure
- Help us manage our weight
- Strengthen the bones of our legs and hips
Salsa dancing is an exclusive form of exercise because it gives the heart-healthy advantages of an aerobic exercise while also allowing us to engage in a social activity. The amount of benefit we get from dancing depends on, like most exercises, the type of dancing we are doing, how strenuous it is, the duration and our skill level.
- Builds endurance and stamina
- Helps with weight loss
- Relieves stress
- Helps us release toxins via sweating
- May help lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels
- Can lead to a reduced heart rate over time
Dancing off those calories
How many calories will we burn while dancing? That depends on the type of dancing. Here is a range of some of the most popular varieties, based on a 150-pound person, per hour:
- Swing dancing: 235 calories/hour
- Ballroom dancing: 265
- Square dancing: 280
- Ballet: 300
- Belly dancing: 380
- Salsa dancing: 420+
- Aerobic dancing: 540+
Mental benefits of dancing
Dancing is a distinctive form of exercise because it gives the heart-healthy benefits of an aerobic exercise while also allowing us to engage in a social activity. This is especially stimulating to the mind, and one 21-year study published even found dancing can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia in the elderly.
In the study, participants over the age of 75 who engaged in reading, dancing and playing musical instruments and board games once a week had a 7 percent lower risk of dementia compared to those who did not. Dancing may be a triple benefit for the brain. Not only does the physical feature of dancing improve blood flow to the brain, but also the social aspect of the activity leads to less stress, depression, and loneliness. Further, dancing requires memorizing steps and working with a partner, both of which provide mental challenges that are crucial for brain health.
So clearly dancing is excellent for our body, mind, and soul. Pick up a new heart-healthy habit and learn to dance salsa. To find out more about our bachata classes in Singapore click here.