As a dancer, the process of dancing is a pleasurable, health stimulating, and physical activity. Traditional notion on dancing is, the rhythmic movement accompanied by music and song, which provides pleasure to the participant and viewers. Besides, dancing is also an unavoidable factor to reduce the factors which cause health problems like cholesterol, excess fat etc. It also enriches mental health also but it is not considered as a substitute for other exercises. Dancing is an art with the combination of mind and physical activity. For many reasons dancing is one of the best options for mental and physical health. Music and dance can be interconnected. Dancing generally is performed along with music. One can see that all of can dance, and one’s attitude determines the level of perfection in the process of dancing in a mindful way. Dancing can enhance human health and fitness, but the same can be considered as added advantages because the primary aims of dancing are pleasure and flexibility. I shall describe how dancing personally helped my health, fitness, and creative expression.
I started dancing to improve my health because it is one of the best things which keep me physically fit. It improves physical and mental health. For instance, dancing is good for many organs in our body which includes lungs, heart and bones etc; it increases the flexibility of the body. While dancing, one can make movements with the hands and legs. The extension of the movements of hands and legs depends upon the category of dance, but it improves the flexibility of our body. In addition to that, dancing provides excellent posture, it can also be an anti-aging factor to our body. All these things provide confidence to a dancer. It is noteworthy to point out that, breathing rate of a dance is equivalent to that of a swimmer or a cyclist. If one is ready to do anything for inner-peace and emotional balance, one must be ready to take relevant steps to combine mind and physique into a single whole. Practicing dance means we are saving ourselves and it is an investment in our life. It reduces the stress in our life. As we all know, people are leading busy life, and the same is applicable to all. So stress becomes the partner of our life. With the practice of dance, we can control our stress and it is possible to lead a happy life by balancing our emotional equilibrium.
You can see that dancing improves the quality of determination which hides in the depth of our mind, and our mental fitness is interconnected with physical fitness. But certain types of dances need more work out and it is very hard to learn. It takes many years to study certain forms of dances. When one is that much determined to learn a thing, the same deeply influences one’s mind in a positive way because determination leads to single minded dedication and focus. Dancing always teaches us the message of survival in any harsh condition by keeping our mind as calm as possible. So, for a better life, it is important to develop survival skill and dancing can help one attain the same to an extent.
The benefits of dancing related to fitness are abundant. Studies show that people who perform dance show progress in their mental health and mood. (www.researchgate.net/publication/320191590_The_Effectiveness_of_Dance_Movement_Therapy_DMT_on_Reducing_Symptoms_of_Mental_Illnesses_A_Systematic_Review)They can also let themselves free from depression and anxiety. Dancing will also improve social skills and the mental and physical combination will help to improve memory and brain functioning. Because, while dancing, the amount of oxygen intake increases and oxygen enters into the blood. It helps to improve the proper functioning of the human brain. While dancing, it also helps to release endorphins. It helps to keep in control of the illnesses like depression and anxiety. In short, dancing can improve your physical fitness because it involves rhythmic movement.
I am fully aware that dancing is interconnected with creativity. When I get involved in the process of dancing, I feel free to move according to my creativity based on the type of dance I am experiencing. In forms such as Zumba, there I have an instructor in front of me to show the steps. But in a casual dance, which I perform in a party, I have my individual freedom to create my own steps, and it develops my creativity. Besides, creativity is related to human brain and it helps to improve memory. Dancing is an excellent way to improve flexibility of our body. By performing dance, there is a need to stretch the parts of our body, especially hands and legs, and because of the same, our body normally attains flexibility. We can identify that most of the dance classes start with a stretching warm up. To be specific, voluntary movement aiming to improve flexibility can help one to improve one’s body posture because dancing requires the unusual way of movement with the body parts. Dancing helps to lubricate the joints and it can prevent arthritis. In short, flexibility with pleasure, added with emotional balance can be considered a motto of dancing.
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