Want to relieve stress and manage anxiety in a productive way? Research shows that regular exercise can help calm the nerves — and burn some calories in the process. But you don’t have to hit the treadmill over and over again to get in a good workout. The best exercise for melting anxiety, in fact, might be one you never thought of: Dance.
Let’s Get Physical
The exercise benefits of dance are obvious. Unlike a lot of gym equipment, you’re working your whole body at once. Between all of the steps, dips, shimmies, and shakes, you’re getting in both your cardio and your strength training. With enough movement and practice, your legs, arms, abs, and butt will all get a significant lift. It’s no wonder that the best dancers in the world are insanely ripped.
Get Into The Groove
There’s a reason why dance in particular is so good for relieving anxiety. Whether you’re moving along to music or practicing a sequence of moves at a slower pace, your brain has to focus on the rhythm and the movement. That kind of attention requires a lot of mental energy — enough to clear your mind of other stresses or worries. Plus, it’s easy to get lost in your favorite song when you really let yourself go.
Bust A Move
You don’t have to be a prima ballerina to reap the benefits of dance as exercise. Even if you have two left feet, you can find a class or program that’s suited to your abilities. Try a Zumba class at your local gym, or if you aren’t ready to go public yet, you can even try videos at home (hello, Richard Simmons!). If you want to find an exercise regimen that’s both fun and rewarding, why not dance your cares (and calories) away!