Dancing: Fitness the Fun Way!

by Diane, M.P.H, M.S.

Young ballroom dancers in formal costumes posing against a solid background in a studio Stock Photo - 9621450

For thousands of years, dance has been an important part of celebrations, customs, and rituals in many cultures throughout the world. The universal appeal of dance is due to it’s ability to brighten people’s monotonous lives, be enjoyed by virtually any age group, unite individuals from different backgrounds, cultures, and generations, inspire new romances or rekindle old ones, provide an outlet for one’s energy and creativity, as well as, an exhilarating mind-body workout, and thereby improve one’s health and sense of well-being. Whether it’s ballet, ballroom, belly, clogging, country, folk, hip hop, jazz, Latin, square, step, tap, wheelchair, or zumba dancing, people of all ages and physical abilities can benefit from the magical and transforming effect of dance movements and the wonderful music to which they are done.

Ballroom dancing, in particular, is a perfect combination of physical and low-impact aerobic activity, range of motion exercise, social interaction, and mental stimulation. Regardless of your ability level, dancing will help you to improve your health, flexibility, muscle tone, mental outlook, social life, and enjoyment of leisure.


  • Is fun.
  • Improves your cardiovascular system.
  • Improves your muscle tone, strength, and endurance.
  • Improves your coordination and balance, which can prevent accidents and falls.
  • Keeps you fit and flexible.
  • Helps to strengthen your bones and reduce your risk of osteoporosis.
  • Helps to reduce your risk of chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and depression.
  • Builds self confidence.
  • Increases self esteem.
  • Improves your spatial awareness.
  • Enhances an overall sense of well-being and promotes a positive outlook.
  • Improves your posture.
  • Can help you lose weight.
  • Helps you to meet new people.
  • Improves your social skills.
  • Provides a temporary escape from normal daily activities, a chance to relax, relieve stress, and have a great time.
  • Helps a man to become a better, more considerate and precise leader.
  • Helps a lady to become a better, more attentive and desirable dance partner.


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