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6 benefits of dancing

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There’s the old adage, ‘dance like no one’s watching’ – it’s fun, freeing and full of benefits. It can keep you energised, as well as help with creating a more positive mood and outlook.

Here are 6 benefits of dancing that might make you want to give it a go:

1. Boosts your mood

Dancing releases endorphins which can lift your state of being and also help to reduce stress by lowering cortisol levels. It’s a great way of supporting your mental health and general well-being.

2. Increases aerobic fitness

It aids your circulation and respiration by getting your heart rate up, and encouraging you to focus on your breathing, altogether promoting a healthy heart and lungs.

3. Maintains and improves motor skills

With plenty of different movements and directions involved, dance helps keep you focused. It sharpens your mental functioning, and builds control and coordination.

4. Improves your endurance and stamina levels

The more you dance, the more you can acquire the focus and resilience to keep moving for longer and overcome any hurdles. These are great skills to practice and be able to use in your day-to-day life.

5. Builds muscle, flexibility and strength

Through both technique and freedom of movement, dance gives ample opportunity for the body’s structures to adapt in positive ways, as well as increasing your confidence at the same time.

6. It’s feel-good and fun

Ultimately, dancing is simply a way to have some fun. It invites you to move your body freely and to connect again with yourself.

Try it yourself

If you’d like to try out dancing and up your fitness level, then you can access Les Mills’ SH’BAM dance classes through their 60-day free trial offer.


Jude Evans

Jude Evans Yoga & Movement Teacher, Warwick Sport

Jude has a background in theatre, movement, and dance. She is passionate about bringing movement, yoga and creative practices to a wide range of people.

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