Not only is dancing fun, it also has many health benefits.
Victoria State Government, “Dance Health Benefits” https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/dance-health-benefits
A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, shows that dance is the best exercise to improve a person’s cognitive skills – whatever age they may be. The research targeted senior citizens to determine which activity reduces the risk of dementia. The study found that 76% of those who danced frequently exhibited lesser signs of dementia, compared to those who answered crossword puzzles and read often.
Dancing is said to improve a person’s cognitive skills since it prepares the brain for prime learning. A vigorous activity such as dancing pumps blood to the brain, giving it the glucose and oxygen it needs to function well. As well as increasing blood flow to the brain, dancing also improves the mental acuity of the individual who is learning how to dance. According to psychiatrist Dr. Joseph Coyle of the Harvard Medical School, the hippocampus and the cerebral cortex – both of which play a role in dancing – are rewired and consequently improved with frequent use. The dynamism required in decision-making – for example, what step you need to do next – paves the way for new neural paths that make information transmission faster and better. Such activities also help improve mental capacity since the cognitive processes are exercised in more ways than one. So constant decisions on what move to lead next, what step to use etc, in rock and roll can help protect your brain from developing Alzheimer's.
Depression and stress levels are also reduced by dancing. Apart from boosting your mental capacities, dancing helps you have a better outlook in life, therefore decreasing your risks of suffering from crippling stress and depression. It is a social outlet and gets you off the couch and out sharing good music and exercise with many like minded people.
When dancing energy levels are increased because of the constant influx of the hormone serotonin. Dancing ushers a rush of the hormone serotonin, therefore giving you the energy you need to last the entire day. And this is not the crash and burn feeling you get with coffee.
Strength, flexibility, endurance and balance are improved. Dancing is not only a workout for your brain, it is a great workout for your body as well. Whether you are young or old, you can enjoy improved strength, flexibility, endurance and balance after a few sessions of dancing.
Dancing improves cardiovascular and bone health. Dancing is like most physical exercises – they can improve your heart and bone health. The thing that makes it better though is that it is social and enjoyable – you can have fun with friends while enhancing your over-all health.