Scientific research shows that the best exercise you can get to live longer and in better health is dancing. Dancing does much more for your body, your muscles, and your brain. You have to be disciplined, coordinated, flexible. You need good posture and strong muscles. You have to control your breathing.
It keeps your brain active because you have to integrate so many different things at once—moving your arms, legs, and head in the right way, keeping in time to the music. You have to be aware of others on the dance floor and gracefully avoid them. You have to memorize the steps.
All that work makes your brain develop more cells and a bigger hippocampus. It helps protect you against memory loss, against cognitive decline.
It’s great for preserving your sense of balance; dancers don’t fall over as they get older and so they stay out of the hospital and live longer.
It’s sociable; mostly you dance with other people. And you can practice at home if you want.
It lifts your spirits and stops you from getting depressed.
You live longer, you’re happier, you have more energy, and you make friends.
So, lots of scientific reasons to motivate you to get dancing.
“Exercise is a tribute to the heart.” Gene Tunney
Using Your Heart for Motivation to Exercise
Let’s follow our hearts and our hearts will look after us. We’ll be doing our brains a favor as well. Hearts and brains both love dancing.
Exercise won’t be such a struggle, and we’ll reap the benefits down the years.
Doing exercise right means that we’ll be living our lives right too and the one life we have will be a long, happy, and active one.
Go dance your heart out like the Stones and I’ll see you on the dance floor. I’ll be the one dancing down those long extra years I’ll gain from sticking with the exercise.