3 Reasons to Start Your Morning Dancing

If we all lived the Instagram-perfect yoga life, we’d wake up at dawn in our tidy bedrooms and gracefully hop out of bed into refreshing mediation or a downward facing dog, like this seriously impressive woman. Then, we’d be greeted in the kitchen by some tranquil herbal tea and a beautiful smoothie bowl and everything would be perfection.

Unfortunately, life just isn’t like that. Most of us roll out of bed with drool caked at the corner of our mouths and pillow wrinkles on our groggy cheeks. We squint like grumpy vampires into the sunlight and try to make it through our morning chores without being late for work. For many, an extra ten minutes of sleep trumps yoga and meditation every time. And, hey, sleep is important. But, if you are looking for a great way to jumpstart and balance your morning—a way that doesn’t involve coffee—look no further than your favorite playlist.

That’s right, I’m talking about dancing. Okay, maybe as a dancer I am a little biased, but hear me out. Starting your morning with a jam session to your favorite song sets you up for your day much in the same way as yoga. Not only does it get your heart pumping, but it invariably slaps a smile on your sleepy face. Here are three great reasons to start to jam while your getting your morning prepped.

Let energy flow through your body.

Release that stagnant nighttime energy! Moving your body in the morning, through things like dance and yoga gets your lymph flowing and your energy lifted. Since lymph remains fairly stagnant in your body, the only way to stimulate it is through movement. This keeps your immune system strong by allowing your lymph to filter out toxins and waste products. Dancing, no matter how casual, also stretches your muscles and lubricates your joints, which works to make you feel better and happier. Let your body move freely!

Feel so much happier!

Speaking of happiness, it doesn’t get much better than busting a move. Whether your jam is Beyonce, the Grateful Dead, or something in between, pumping your favorite song into a pair of headphones unleashes a slew of endorphins into your body. Between the emotional reaction of hearing your favorite song and the mood-boosting qualities of moving your body rhythmically, happiness will begin to flood your limbs and wake-up your sleepy body when you dance. Plus, believe it or not, that morning jam session in your jammies is a form of exercise. You’re getting your heart pumping and that releases a whole bunch of happiness-boosting chemicals like dopamine, serotonin and endorphins.

Get smart.

Dancing makes you smarter. Stanford University claims that dancing increases intelligence and improves cognition. Dance requires rapid decision making, which is a nice stimulation in contrast to the routine of our day-to-day lives. When you’re dancing, it’s all improvisation and your brain is getting a terrific workout. It also activates and exercises many brain functions at the same time, including your kinesthetic, musical, emotional and rational functions. According to Stanford, seniors who did crossword puzzle four times or more a week had lower risk of dementia than seniors who didn’t. Imagine the physical and cognitive benefits of dancing four times a week!

If anyone understands the powerful, mood-boosting benefits of dance, it’s me. For awhile, I went on a dancing hiatus, and I was a heck of a lot more stressed. Now I try to dance, professionally or for fun, every chance I get. In fact, I’ve been whimsically dancing my way across the country. There’s really nothing better to cure the misery of being cramped in a car for six hours than hopping out and dancing to great music in a beautiful place.

You don’t have to be a professional. Give your morning a refresh and pop out a little jig as you brew your coffee or tea. You’ll be amazed at just how incredible you will feel.

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Paulo R
Paulo R1 months ago

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Paulo R1 months ago

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W. C
W. Cabout a year ago

Thank you.

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William C
William Cabout a year ago

Thanks.

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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne R2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

thanks for the article.

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Jill F.
Jill F2 years ago

I'm not known for my dancing prowess but dancing around to some fun music feels great! :-D

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Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you

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Karen F.
Karen P2 years ago

Thanks for the feelgood post.

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