|Posted by Sue Young on March 22, 2017 at 12:55 AM|
Dancing is a lot of fun and a great form of self-expression. But it is also a popular way to stay fit and healthy. Here are some ways dance is good for your body:
Most of us spend our days hunched over a desk or computer. Over time, this has a negative affect on our posture. Bad posture leads to back aches, a weakened lower spine, and an increase in stress.
Dance is one of the few activities which teaches and encourages proper posture. To excel at dance, you need to focus on your posture by making sure your shoulders are rolled back, and your chin and chest are lifted. Eventually, your natural posture will be improved from constantly remembering to do it during dance.
Warm ups for dance usually incorporate a lot of stretching, which eases post-workout soreness, and helps heal joint pain. Over time, your flexibility will improve, and thus prevent many injuries from occurring. Flexibility is also known to increase overall athletic performance.
The Journal of Physiological Anthropology has proven dance to be just as good of an aerobic exercise as jogging or cycling. But much more fun! For an 150 lb person, one hour of dance burns on average 240 calories.