In the midst of your work schedule, I’d like you to consider taking a quick break, putting on some music, or listening to some music in your own head, and letting yourself dance (move) for just 10 minutes. No need to call it exercise – call it play or relaxation, if you prefer. Besides reducing your risk for dementia by 76%, consider the following additional health benefits . . .
- reduces stress and depression
- increases energy and serotonin
- improves flexibility, strength, balance, and endurance
- strengthens bones and boosts cardiovascular health
- increase mental capacity by exercising our cognitive processes
- dynamic and rapid-fire decision making creates new neural paths
The four primary benefits are:
- Flexibility physically is important is supporting the brain’s flexibility. Dancing keeps oxygen and blood flowing, nourishing your mind and body for maximum efficiency and performance. Dancing helps your body maintain the a full range of motion for all major muscle groups, because it blends stretching and bending
- Strength is gained when muscles are exerted; when there is force against resistance. Dancing requires that muscles resist against body weight, thus strengthening the body.
- Endurance is built as muscle work harder for increasingly longer periods of time. Vigorous dancing elevates heart rage and can increase stamina.
- Positive Well-Being is elicited, whether you are in a social setting or by yourself. Dancing activates positive neuro-energy in your brain, reduces stress, and builds confidence.