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Dancing for Health

Dancing is a great way to stay fit and healthy. There are many different forms of dancing from hip-hop to ballet.

Dance has always been a part of human culture, celebrations and rituals.

Some people choose to dance for fun and to express themselves, and some even like to take it competitively.

The many ways dancing can improve your physical and mental wellbeing

  • Heart and lung function
  • Muscular strength, tone and endurance
  • Bone density
  • Coordination
  • Flexibility
  • Balance
  • Weight management
  • Confidence
  • General physical and mental wellbeing
  • Social skills

With dancing, you can choose to dance by yourself, with a partner or in a group. Classes of various styles are held at dance schools throughout Canberra.

Dancing is now so popular that many people attend dance exercise classes at their local gym. Other options include dancing at social venues or even at home.

Tips for dancing

If you are thinking of taking up dancing, here are some tips:

  • Warm-up prior to your dancing session
  • Don’t push yourself too hard to begin with
  • Wear properly fitted shoes (if shoes are required for your dance style)
  • Go to a well-trained teacher so that they can assist with your technique

When you are starting any new exercise, it’s important to make sure you are in good shape to be able to handle it. That doesn’t mean being super-fit or strong.

It’s more a matter of making sure your body is working properly so that you are less likely to injury yourself.

Chiropractors use gentle spinal manipulation and soft tissue techniques to help restore proper motion to the spine, thus restoring proper nerve function.

When your nervous system is working properly, among other things, your body position sense and control will be better.

Having better control of the way you move your body helps to reduce your chances of injury, especially when beginning a new form of exercise.

Speak to your chiropractor (or other practitioner) if you have a health condition to ensure that dancing will be suitable for you. Many dancers choose to have their spine and nervous system checked by a chiropractor.

Our friends at 6th Position offer a range of adult dance classes:

If you are not sure what form of exercise is appropriate for your health condition and you would like to get some advice from a chiropractor, please call us on (02) 6257 9400.

If you would like some more information about the spine and nervous system and how it relates to your health, please check out the other articles on our Facebook page or go to our website:

Also, make sure you read the other interesting articles we post on this month’s topic – Physical Activity.