The Health Benefits of Dance

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Dancers improved 38 seconds on a 400-meter walk for mobility!

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Dancing is all about recreating and self-entertainment, but it can also be done for fitness purpose. A recent research reveals that dancing helps improving fitness three times than non-dancers. Even if you are out of shape, you can try dancing in a group or on your own. For example, Latinos keep themselves fit by dancing though they don’t take any other physical exercises. There are many health benefits of dance.

“The finding is really not novel in the Latino community, but it was novel in the scientific community,” said Mr. David Marquez, who is an associate professor of kinesiology and nutrition department at THE University of Illinois at Chicago. Marquez and his team are among the very few who have studied dance influence on health, they searched for a kind of physical activity that will be very attractive to older Latinos.

They came up with a unique idea to test less physically active people as well as have diseases like diabetes and hypertension. Miguel Mendez was the leader of older guys enrolled in the Latin dance program, on the other hand; whites were attended class on health education program. They used to call the Latin dance class as BAILAMOS which was a combination of salsa, cha cha cha, and merengue. Spanish-speaking Latinos aged 65 improved more than students of health education program. The test required to go through a 400-meter walk for mobility. The result was astonishing, dancers improved 38 seconds, while those whites were only 10 seconds faster.

Marquez and his team confirmed that dance helps improve muscular strength and physical confidence. Dancing can be your life changing opportunity and can be very effective for your health. It helps improving mental functioning as well as spacial awareness which makes you self-confident. They also included that in dancing class people were bound to change partners because this has a positive effect on psychological wellbeing. Whenever they change the partner, they face something new which improved memory, judgment capability, and emotional process.

Adapted from Time © 2016

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