In 2018, many human beings will be making more or less the exact same New Year’s resolutions as they did in 2017. What’s more, the majority of these people will likely be making the same promises and proclamations which involve eating healthier, getting fit, and living an all-around healthier lifestyle in general. Part of the reason why it’s so hard to stick to an exercise or diet routine is that it’s just not enjoyable in the short-term to do so. Everyone is aware of the long-term benefits, but, like most worthwhile things in life, living healthy is much easier said than done.
Fortunately, scientists have figured out that dancing is an activity—or an exercise—that most people can handle sticking to because it’s both fun and effective. Not only is dancing an acceptable way of getting and keeping fit, but it’s also arguably the best exercise you can do to live longer and healthier. In fact, dancing has positive impacts on your body, your muscles, your brain, and probably your soul too. In order to dance well, a person needs to be disciplined, coordinated, and flexible; all skills which will keep you happier and healthier once you’ve left the dance floor as well. Moreover, a good dancer needs to have solid posture and strong muscles, and they need to have firm control over their breathing.
As mentioned, dancing keeps your brain active because you have to think about and do so many different things at once: moving your arms, legs, and head all in conjunction with the music and beat. Additionally, dancers must keep track of where other dancers are around them, and the memorization involved can generate more brain cells and a larger hippocampus. This will help guard against both memory loss and cognitive decline, and your balance will be improved immensely. On top of it all, dancing will enhance your social skills which is sure to increase your overall level of happiness. Not that you have to be sociable in order to reap the benefits of dancing; doing it alone on your living room rug can be just as positive and productive as doing it under a disco ball with a group of people.
Yet, even if you set these last points aside, the bottom line is that dancing is fun! Dancing is so fun that it motivates you to be more active in life in general: it makes you want to do more, it makes you want to say more, and it makes you want to think more. Indeed, dancing is frequently downright inspiring, so the positive impacts will likely spread to virtually everyone who you interact with. As can be seen, both the human brain and the human heart thrive when you decide to get up off the couch and get down. Dancing means exercising ,and exercising means a longer, healthier, happier, and more successful life.
*This content was inspired by an amazing article that can be found here.