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Dancing Your Way to Better Health

Health Day highlights the health benefits of dancing in an interview with Kathleen L. Davenport, MD, physiatrist at HSS. 

"I have patients ranging in age from young children to 90-year-old adults who enjoy Latin and other styles of dancing," said Dr. Davenport.

"Dancing checks a lot of boxes. In social dancing, you interact with different people and can make new friends, which has multiple psychological benefits," Davenport explained. "On the physical side, you need good balance, you need core strength, you need strength in your lower and upper extremities if you're doing partner work. Dancing can also be an excellent cardio workout."

For those who love it, dancing can just feel good, Dr. Davenport said. "When you do something enjoyable, particularly physical exercise, endorphins are released, which are our 'happy' hormones," she explained. "By releasing these hormones, our body encourages us to keep engaging in these activities."

Read the full article at consumer.healthday.com.