5. It adds balance and stability
Whether it’s Zumba, salsa, or belly dancing, dancing keeps you balanced and coordinated. “All types of dancing require a certain level of coordination between muscle groups,” says Walters. “This promotes kinesthetic awareness, mind-body communication, balance, and stability.” Dancing also helps you meet other fitness goals that involve balance. “Dancing improves agility as it keeps you shifting and moving in all planes of motion—front-to-back, side-to-side, and rotation—which is a goal for fitness training since multi-plane movement dominates the activities of daily life,” explains Walters.

6. It keeps your mind fit, too!
So we know now that dancing is a great way to stay fit and agile. But it’s a fitness regimen for the mind, too. When you take a dance class and learn new ways to move and groove, you’ll be taking on new information, processing it, and translating it into booty-shaking dance moves. As Walters explains, “Learning new steps or sequences also stimulates the mind, keeping your memory sharp!”

Editor’s Note: This article is one in a series of pieces inspired by spring being a time to take charge of our health. They all include tips for being fit, eating right and feeling healthy, brought to you by Colgate. Let’s ToneUP together!