It has been said that it is in our nature to dance. We start as infants, wiggling and clapping our hands to the beat of a song, then move onto stomping around to the beat possibly imitating those we see moving to the beat around us, soon we learn to line dance in school or maybe learn a dance for a social function. Then dancing becomes something fun, something to do at social events as we mature through our school years. But what happens next? Once we become adults, we aren’t frequently exposed to “dance-worthy” situations, some even become afraid of the activity and have anxiety about dancing in public. National Dance Day is Saturday, July 27th, and we suggest you turn up the tunes and enjoy the many benefits of dace!
When we think of the benefits of dance, most think of the fun that can be had. But, there are also many great health benefits when it comes to dance, especially for the musculoskeletal system. Some of these include:
- Increased strength and endurance
- Stronger bones – reduced risk of osteoporosis
- Improved balance and physical awareness
- Better coordination, agility, and flexibility
- Weight management
If you are interested in dance for improved balance and coordination, ballroom dancing is the most recommended type of dance to try. Xander Chawi, a Physical Therapy Assistant for Coastal Orthopedics has been dancing for over 15 years in both Ballroom and Latin styles, he is a ballroom dance instructor in his free time. Xander states that “Ballroom Dance is a type of exercise that encompasses many different aspects of physical health. It targets balance, posture, and core strengthening all in the safety of an instructor’s arms. Most importantly, it’s fun too!”
Physical benefits are not the only benefits that come with taking up dance as an exercise and hobby. Dance can be done in many styles and forms: ballet, jazz, ballroom, tap, freestyle, and many more! These styles can be done alone, in a group, or with a partner. Each style of dance promotes mental health in a variety of ways, including:
- Improved mental function
- Improved general and psychological wellbeing
- Reduced anxiety
- Increased confidence
- Better social skills
Dancing has the ability to make us happy from a young age through adulthood. It’s an activity that can keep us active and in good shape physically and mentally.
As with any activity, dancing can cause injury. If this happens to you or someone you know, remember that Coastal Orthopedics has you covered! At Coastal Orthopedics, our experienced specialists can quickly diagnose and effectively treat your condition to get you back to doing what you love most.
So what are you waiting for? Get together with some friends, turn on your favorite tunes, and dance!