Dancing Through Life
Dancing through life is actually a lot more responsible than it sounds. Dancing is a great way to keep your body and mind healthy; and it’s not just for the young. Studies show that dancing helps sharpen your mind, reduce stress, maintain your figure, stay limber and get out of your comfort zone.
The New England Journal of Medicine published a study that shows a connection between dancing and memory retention in the hippocampus (the place where short and long-term memory is stored). Dancing slows the natural shrinking of memory that comes with age. The mind constantly needs to be challenged in order for it not to shrink. Learning dance steps is a perfect way to do just that.
Dancing also helps reduce stress. The Journal of Applied Gerontology reports that grabbing a partner and cutting a rug can cut out some stress. Dancing releases endorphins (pain-relieving neurotransmitters) into the bloodstream, which produce a good feeling in the body. Dancing can be quite rigorous at times which makes it a great exercise. While your body is releasing endorphins, you’re also burning quite a few calories. Dance is therapeutic and healthy, in part, for those reasons.
In addition to trimming your figure, dancing can also help you stay on your feet. As you dance you improve your balance. As the years go by, your sense of balance begins to regress. If you maintain a challenging regimen of exercise (dancing being a part of that), the natural decay of balance slows.
Lastly, dancing helps you get off the couch and get to know some new people. Forming new relationships is a healthy and extraverted way to add spice to life. If you’re married, it’s a perfect activity to bring you and your spouse closer together. If not, ladies always like a guy who knows how to dance.
With the increasing popularity of shows like “Dancing With the Stars,” dancing is starting to come into the limelight. Thus, making it a little less obscure for those who only dancing in nightclubs. So whatever the reason, your heart or your shoes, dancing is a good choice to give you the control, stability and quality of life that you want. It can also be a lot of fun.
Andrew Snow is a writer for MyCollegesandCareers.com. My Colleges and Careers helps people determine if an online education is right for them and helps them understand which online courses and online schools they can choose from to reach their goals.