Heart disease often is a physical manifestation of what James Russell Lowell
described as “the gnarliest and hardest of hearts.” But a new study shows the
truth of the heart’s “musical strings.”
Recently the American Heart Association reported on a study of people who had
experienced heart failure. Researchers discovered that dance can be an effective
way to improve people’s ability to exercise.
People in the study who danced were able to take in oxygen better, and their
arteries improved their ability to expand and dilate during exercise. The
healthy results also carried home; the patients reported improved sleep, happier
moods, better abilities to do hobbies and housework, and have sex.
One of the best outcomes of this study is that it links together pleasure and
health. With or without a partner, dance is a fun way to add exercise to your
daily routine. Dance helps your heart and uses your muscles in new ways.
Need more convincing? Here are ten reasons to dance for joy and health:
- Lower your high blood pressure and lessen your risk of
- Strengthen your bones and reduce your risk of
- Reduce your risk for falls, by improving your balance
- Increase your stamina for other activities.
- Improve your flexibility without hurting your joints.
- Reduce the daily toll of stress and tension on your
- Add a new activity with your loved ones, or make new
- Regain your youthful shape, or create a brand-new, toned
- Build your confidence as you master new steps.
- Create a natural rhythm for reducing depression.
Dancing can connect you to your community and your culture. By tapping your
toes and lifting your arms, you can lift your spirits—and nurture a healthier