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Breath: Just Dance!

Feb/03/2024 / by team-seema

A new study shows the benefits of shaking it ‘till you make it

If you’re looking to stay fit while also having fun, a new study points to the surprising mental and physical benefits of dance. Researchers in China found that
dancing regularly provided meaningful improvements in body mass, waist size, and fat levels. Groovers also benefited from lower blood pressure and better mental
health compared to non-dancers.

“Dance is effective for fat loss in people with overweight and obesity, and has a significant improvement on body composition and morphology,” says study co-author Yaya Zhang, whose work was recently published in the journal PLOS ONE. She noted dance offers an enjoyable and sustainable form of exercise that’s easier to stick with long-term versus intense gym sessions.

The study reviewed 10 previous trials including over 600 participants. The more creative and energetic the dance style, the greater the health perks, researchers found.

Unlike boring treadmill trots, dance provides a full-body jam session that’s less likely to cause quick fatigue. So grab your gal pals and let loose to hip hop, Zumba, classical Indian, bhangra, Bollywood, or fiery flamenco dancing a few evenings a week. Just be sure to check with your doctor first if you have injuries or medical issues.

Dance can burn anywhere from 300 to 500 calories per hour depending on the style and your body weight.

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