Welcome to the letter D in my blog series, The AB…Zs of Self-Care!
According to Dance.com, there are four health benefits to dancing: flexibility, strength, endurance, and a sense of well-being (physical and social). This makes good sense, and you can read more about them, if you click here.
I would add a fifth reason to dance. It shifts my energy, and frees my mind. When I am tired, or bored, or really stuck on a decision, or even stuck on what word to use in a sentence I’m writing, if I’ll just put on some music and dance, it makes all the difference. And what’s cool about this kind of dancing is that there is no right or wrong way to do it. There are no steps to follow, and there’s no audience to please. Truly, this is some of good medicine. In fact, I don’t know why I don’t do it more – it always works!
Sometimes we don’t have to dance at all to get benefit from dancing; we can just watch, and it moves us in a different way. We can go to the ballet, our nieces’ recitals, or we can just go to the movies! Some of my favorite dance movies are the Gene Kelly classic, Singin’ in the Rain, the stereo-type busting, coming of age stories of Save the Last Dance, and Billy Elliot, and last year’s intense and glorious Silver Linings Playbook.
What are your favorites? Are you an 80s dance movie fan, with Flashdance, Footloose, and Dirty Dancing leading the pack? Or are you more of a 70s dancing fan, with Saturday Night Fever topping your list? Or do you forego the movies altogether and get into the excitement and competitition of Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance?
Regardless – whether it’s by flinging ourselves around our offices, getting your grooves on at the movies, or cheering on our favorite football players and childhood celebrity crushes, I’d like to suggest we “get on up on the floor ’cause we got to boogie oogie oogie ’til we just can’t boogie no more!” (Uh-oh, I think I just gave away my growing up era – I even sang that song at my prom!)
So, why is D for Dancing? ‘Cause not only is it good self-care, it’s great FUN!!!