Hate Exercise? Dance!

Cheerful women dancing with arms raised during party. Happy female friends are enjoying on terrace. Multi-ethnic people are celebrating during sunset.

Now before I go any further, I have a confession: I don’t really do dancing in public. If it’s dark enough, or I’m with my girls it’s a different story; but I’m much more of a dance in the kitchen, dance in my car type of gal, and I’m okay with that.
All that being said: dancing is great exercise. It helps with balance, coordination, and is perfect cardio. A high-tempo class can have you burning around the same calories as a light jog, and that’s not half bad!
Here are a few reasons why you should just dance!

1. You’ll tone up

Portrait of a woman at a gym class.Have you seen a dancer? Muscle tone is a whole lot better when you’re dancing. You’ll work your legs and your flutes and really work your muscles so that they are sleeker and longer.

2. You’ll reduce stress

People exercising at the gym.Rhythmic movement helps to trigger the release of endorphins, which are natural mood-boosters, and dancing has been proven to lower stress and make you less tense, which is perfect after a hard day at the office.

3. All you need is music

People exercising at the gym.I know we’ve covered work from home exercises and no equipment workouts but dance has got to be the best of all those. You just need music. Blast whatever it is that gets you moving like you can’t help it and move. You don’t need special shoes or special clothes, you don’t even need to be at home, you just need yourself, a room, and a couple songs you can’t get enough of.

4. It’s good for your brain

Portrait of four sportspeople at the gym.Weird. No-one ever told me when I was in school that if I hit a wall when studying a dance break might have done me good. But it’s true. One study found that six months of dancing twice a week improved verbal fluency, word recognition and word recall.

Why not give it a try? And remember you can track it in Lifesum too, go ahead and dance for your health!

Femi A-Williams is a health and fitness convert trying to reconcile a healthy lifestyle and a happy food life. She is 80% whole grain and 20% donut.

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