Go ahead a bust a move– it’s really good for you. Two different studies have found dancing can keep your mind sharp and your heart healthy. One study found moderate-intensity dancing was associated with a lower risk of dying from heart disease, while walking was not.
It’s thought the heart-health benefits of dance are likely due to its interval-training-like bouts of high-intensity movement and it being a stress-relieving hobby you can do for life. The other study found learning the steps of a country dance can stimulate a key area of the brain and slow down natural brain aging.