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Dance Your Way To Fitness And Health

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The thought of working out can at times be as appealing as a root canal and that’s why some die-hard exercise enthusiasts have begun ditching their sessions for classes that seem more dance party than exercise.  Dance has physical and mental health benefits. It is good exercise and a fun way to keep fit because it targets the smaller, proprioceptive balance muscles that people don’t use while they’re doing traditional cardiovascular exercise or strength training.

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And along with shaping your booty, dance can boost brainpower, perhaps even more so than a mindless gym workout. It targets the hippocampus, which controls learning and memory, as well as the frontal cortex, which gives you the capacity to focus and to multitask, improving the structure and molecular composition of the brain.

In addition to the physiological benefits mentioned above, dancing has also been shown to provide an assortment of psychological benefits as well.  Given the fact that dancing serves as an enjoyable and engaging form of physical activity, many individuals find that it helps to reduce stress and chronic fatigue, improve energy and mood,  and increase self-esteem and confidence.  In addition, research has shown that dancing can play an important role in successful aging, as well as improve memory. A study done by the New England Journal of Medicine found that dancing is associated with a lower risk of dementia.

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