When was the last time you danced? When was the last time you danced freely, without a care for who was in the room or watching you? Do you remember how you felt in that moment? Let me guess, happy right?! Dancing has amazing holistic benefits and can improve your mood within seconds. It’s something I practice personally, at least once a week for a minimum of 15 minutes. I usually start by selecting or making a playlist, plug my speakers in then turn up the volume and bass, and let my body feel and speak. Sometimes, I do it sporadically in between cleaning, washing dishes, while cooking or doing laundry, wherever I can fit it in. It simply transforms my mood and makes me happy. I’ve done it on days where I felt sad and home-sick, blasting Mbalax and Afrobeats jams while dancing my heart back to happiness. It also feels like I’m getting my cardio done easily while having fun. Here is a list of 5 dancing benefits and why you should keep on boogying. Please find below a rhythmic groovy playlist I made for you to dance away to, natural positive vibes Guaranteeed!
1. Stress Reliever
Dancing is a natural way to relieve stress. Simply moving to the rhythm of music will decrease any tension or stress felt and give you a sense of relief. Check out this article on how Dance Movement Therapy can help reduce stress and manage your moods for more information.
2. Fun and Easy Workout
Because you’re moving when dancing, it gets your heart pumping, your blood flowing and can be done without much equipment. Anyone can do it and it doesn’t have to feel like a workout.
3. Good for the Brain
The mental coordination that dancing requires activates multiple brain regions, which strengthens neural connections and can improve memory. Research has even showed that dancing can also reduce the onset of dementia. For more information on that check this article.
4. It’s Liberating
Dancing is a creative form of self-expression. Dancing naturally is freeing and allows you to feel unadulterated. You’ll be smiling and feeling all good because you’re expressing yourself creatively and authentically.
5. Social Activity
Although dancing on your own is truly fun, dancing with a partner, friends or in a group is also positively energetic. Dancing has a way of uniting everyone present and evokes contagious happiness with friends or loved-ones.
Groovy Music Playlist
Now that you know some benefits of dancing, here is a groovy playlist to get you dancing away. Plug your speakers or headphones, increase the volume and Enjoy!!