According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, high-impact weight-bearing exercises help build bones and keep them strong. Number one on their list? Dancing!
Believe it or not, bone is living tissue that responds to exercise by becoming stronger. Osteogenic loading, or the term used to describe any activity that is weight-bearing, has the capacity to build bone mass.
According to Harvard Health Publishing, “activities that put stress on bones stimulate extra deposits of calcium and nudge bone-forming cells into action. The tugging and pushing on bone that occurs during high-impact activity provides the stress. The result is stronger, denser bones.” ..who knew!
So that means weight-bearing activities like running, jumping, and dancing, all help stimulate bone growth.
But just one active dance session isn’t enough. In order for osteogenic loading to have an impact (yes pun intended), you’ll need to exercise regularly, which at times can require motivation. Try finding a fun activity that makes you jump or uses gravity against your body in the workout. For example, other forms of exercise that are highly osteogenic include 80’s aerobics, basketball, tennis, jump rope, and even hiking.
Dancing, however, is just more fun. Not only does it help improve your strength and flexibility, but if done safely, such as in the private confinement of your own home (*hint hint*), it can help keep your muscles and joints healthy. So grab those headphones or turn up that speaker and start practicing your moves!