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Healthy Living : May 21, 2019

BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - Given the overcast and cold from this spring’s very slow start, you might not be thinking about sunscreen. However, this past month in the Journal of the American Medical Association*, there is a very concerning article on new risks of sunscreen. While most of us view these products as a way to avoid cancers of the skin, new research demonstrates that the active ingredients in most commercially available products are being absorbed into the bloodstream at higher levels than the FDA previously realized. Although there is no research directly implicating these absorbed chemicals in the development of human cancers, many of us are concerned. Whenever we put any compound into our system that is not naturally found there, the possibility of inducing a cancer needs consideration. Indeed one of the common ingredients in sunscreen, oxybenzone, has already been linked to lower testosterone levels in men as well as premature deliveries in women. To make matters worse, we also know that trace amounts of this chemical and another common sunblock ingredient, oxynoxate, have been implicated in the death of ocean coral reefs, and they have been recently banned for use in Hawaii!
So what’s a responsible sunbather to do? Well the simplest answer is that sun ‘bathing’ is really never a good idea, as it has been definitively shown that this will increase the chances of skin cancer, not to mention cause premature wrinkles. Still we all enjoy being outside and there are many physical and mental health benefits of getting out in the sun. As physicians we want to encourage people of all ages to get off the couch, step away from the electronic screens, and get moving in the great outdoors! The question then becomes what is the safest way to do this without incurring some other unforeseen risk?
Let’s review the ‘expert’ advice:
1) First, it is always wise to wear a wide brimmed hat and clothing to include longer sleeves/pants if we are going to spend a significant time outside, even if we apply sunscreen.
2) If we have to be out, it is best to avoid the peak hours of sun intensity from 11 am to 3 pm.
3) The use of a sunscreen that contains the safest and most biologically inert chemicals should be encouraged. It should be applied about every 2 hours, and more frequently if a person is in the water. Sprays should be avoided. Important areas are the face and the external ears which have the highest amounts of squamous cell cancer in older adults.
So now what are the safest chemicals in sunscreen? That is the multi-million dollar question.
According to the JAMA article, in addition to oxybenzone, the chemicals avobenzone, octocrylate, and ecamsule, were all detected an hour after application in the bloodstream in levels that are higher than previously realized. The compounds that are the most inert and safest are the old-fashioned zinc oxide as well as the pricier titanium dioxide. Neither of these naturally occurring minerals seem to get absorbed nor have they been implicated in human disease. While many of us remember the white noses of lifeguards who lathered on the zinc oxide, the newer formulations can avoid this less than ideal cosmetic appearance. A quick review on Google or Amazon shows many options that are in the range of $9-15 per tube. Admittedly that might be a bit higher than the brand you used last summer, but consider this: the alternatives may have hidden consequences.

So get out there, put on your hat, and enjoy some sun — if you can find it!
*JAMA May6, 2019 doi:10.1001/jama2019.5586

Article source: https://www.wabi.tv/content/news/Healthy-Living--May-21-2019-510229931.html

Healthy Living: What makes a healthy body?





As Memorial Day weekend approaches, many will spend the unofficial start of summer by the pool or on the beach.

The idea of a “bikini body” or being ”swimsuit ready” can be stressful now and throughout the year.

In this week’s Healthy Living, Dr. Christina Doll of WellSpan Health explains why your health isn’t just a reflection in the mirror or the number on a scale.

“This time of year, when people are worried about how they look in their swimwear, we certainly see people focusing on their physical appearance,” Doll said. 

But, she says, you can be a healthy weight and still be unhealthy. 

“The distribution of weight, things like waist circumference, can be really important,” she said.

Doll. says if a man’s waist is bigger than 40 inches or a woman’s waist is bigger than 35 inches, they are at an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. 

Another number to keep in mind is your body mass index or BMI.

“What BMI does is look at your weight compared to your height,” Doll said. “A normal BMI is anywhere between 18 and 25. 25 to 30 is considered overweight and once you’ve crossed 30 you’re in that obese range.”

There is a caveat to BMI though: Doll says it does not consider lean mass. 

“Someone who is very muscular, more dense and particularly someone who is on the shorter side, they might have a high BMI but still be physically fit,” she explains. 

These measurements are also not indicative of your fitness level. 

“You can be thin and certainly still not be in good cardiovascular shape,” Doll said.

According to the American Academy of Family Practice, adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise on a weekly basis as well as two strength training sessions.

For children, physicians like to see about 60 minutes of any sort of aerobic activity. 

Article source: https://www.abc27.com/health/health-center/healthy-living-what-makes-a-healthy-body-/2013972114

Kyäni, Inc. Supports Healthy Living with New Protein Nutritionals

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho, May 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ – With nearly 5,000 in attendance at their International Convention in Salt Lake City, Kyäni® introduced two new nature-based protein nutritional products named HL5 and FIT20. Designed to support Kyäni’s Healthy Living Movement, these new products align perfectly with Kyäni’s existing wild and organically sourced nutritional supplements, and provide the solution for one of the most critical but seldom-addressed nutritional deficiencies—the lack of proteins, peptides, and amino acids in our diets.

HL5

Derived from natural collagen, and hydrolyzed for maximum absorption, HL5 provides the essential proteins, peptides, and amino acids needed to support an active, healthy lifestyle.

  • Optimize Fat Metabolism
  • Support Healthy Bones, Joints, Skin, Hair
  • Enjoy Long-Lasting Energy
  • Build Lean Muscle
  • Improve Strength Flexibility

HL5 is all-natural, gluten free, dairy free, non-GMO, and has 0g sugars.

FIT20

Made from natural hydrolyzed collagen and grass-fed whey protein isolate, FIT20 delivers the nutrients athletes and active people require for long-lasting energy and Nitric Oxide production, faster workout recovery, and lean muscle building.

  • Increase Strength Flexibility
  • Improve Workout Recovery
  • Optimize Fat Metabolism
  • Build Lean Muscle
  • Support Bone Joint Health
  • Boost Long-term Nitric Oxide Production
  • Support Immune System Antioxidant Production

FIT20 is all-natural, keto friendly, has 0g sugars, and is non-GMO.

The Need for Protein

According to recent studies, only 40 percent of adults receive enough protein from their foods, and the proteins they do get can often be difficult to digest and may not be in a healthy form.

When essential nutrients are missing, instead of aging well, the human body can break down before its time. Collagen protein is second only to water in terms of volume in our body and is essential to our bones, tendons, ligaments, muscles, tissues, and skin. To maintain good health and facilitate healthy aging, it is critical that we supplement our diets with healthy, digestible proteins. With HL5 and FIT20, Kyäni continues to fulfill its mission of hope by offering wellness and opportunity for people around the world. 

About Kyäni, Inc.

Kyäni, Inc., founded in 2006, is a global network marketing company based in Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA. From its beginnings, Kyäni has been the globally recognized pioneer of the antioxidant movement by being the first to recognize the efficacy of the Wild Alaskan Blueberry. Since then, Kyäni has grown into the world’s leading provider of supplements that increase Nitric Oxide production in the human body, and the largest provider of Tocotrienol—the most potent form of Vitamin E available. With their selection of core products, which include The Triangle of Health®, Fleuresse® skin care products, and powerful Protein Nutritionals, Kyäni harnesses the power and potency of wild and natural ingredients to lead the way in increasing and improving overall health and wellness through proper nutrition.

With its value rooted in unrivaled, wild-sourced nutritional supplements, Kyäni is able to offer an aggressive compensation plan for their Business Partners, which includes the opportunity to earn Dream Cars, vacations to exotic locations, and the potential for substantial personal earnings. To learn more about Kyäni products and business opportunities, visit Kyani.com.

If you would like more information about Kyäni products or opportunities, visit Kyani.com or email press@kyanicorp.com

Contact: Jon Rea, Communications
Phone: 1 (844) 701-5049
Email: press@kyanicorp.com

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Article source: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/kyani-inc-supports-healthy-living-with-new-protein-nutritionals-300852454.html

Healthy Living: Boy Scouts

Last year, the Boy Scouts of America, now called Scouts BSA, made a landmark ruling allowing girls to join cub scouts for grades K-5.

In February, they ruled that girls could join boy scouts which is geared for kids’ ages 11 through 17.

It’s a monumental change for an organization that’s more than a century old.

Now that the gender barrier has been removed.

The scout program, merit badges, and the path to earning the rank of Eagle Scout — something only about four percent of scouts do — is the same for boys and girls.

The scouts have said allowing girls into scouting is not meant to take away from the Girl Scouts of America.

They are two different organizations that appeal to different types of kids.

For more information, watch the video above.

Article source: https://www.9and10news.com/2019/05/20/healthy-living-boy-scouts/

Healthy Living: AFM Nerve Transfer

If you’re a parent, you may already know about the disturbing uptick in an illness that causes paralysis and weakness in young kids.

The disease, called acute flaccid myelitis, is rare but it usually pops up in young, healthy children. 

There is no cure for the illness, but doctors continue to find new ways to give kids back some of what they’ve lost.

Courtney Hunter explains how in Healthy Living.

Dr. Moore has treated 13 children with ten more scheduled over the next two months.

Three of those children are now out of a wheelchair and walking.

Others are regaining mobility and the hope is they will continue to improve with time.

Since 2014, there has been an uptick in AFM cases every other year.

Article source: https://www.9and10news.com/2019/05/20/healthy-living-afm-nerve-transfer/

Health and Fitness Calendar | Healthy Living – Bryan

ONGOING

Brazos County Health Department Immunization Clinic, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays; 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 2 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays; 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to noon on Fridays. 201 N. Texas Ave., Bryan. All ages. Immunizations are $10 for children and $25 for adults. Immunizations are only available to those without private insurance and for children with Medicaid. 361-4440.

MOVE

MONDAY

Sit Fit, noon. Southwood Community Center. cstx.gov/seniors.

Forevercise, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Southwood Community Center. An exercise class for adults 55 and older. Class offers individuals healthy lifestyle practices and exercise. Call 764-6351, email kpeterson@cstx.gov.

Jazzercise, 5:30 p.m. St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Gym. Continuous registration. For all ages and ability levels. For strength, dance, core, cardio and resistance training. Register at www.jazzercise.com or call 255-4434.

TUESDAY

Jazzercise, 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Gym. Continuous registration. For all ages and ability levels. For strength, dance, core, cardio and resistance training. Register at www.jazzercise.com or call 255-4434.

Sit Fit, noon to 1 p.m., Southwood Community Center. Join other adults 55 and older for a gentle exercise class while sitting. Participants follow a video that features fat-burning aerobics and weight-lifting exercises. Call 764-6351, email kpeterson@cstx.gov or visit cstx.gov/seniors.

Zumba Fitness Classes, 6 p.m., New Hope Church of Navasota. Offered every Tuesday for $5.

WEDNESDAY

Bryan Municipal Ladies Golf Association, 8:30 a.m., City Course at Phillips Event Center, Bryan. Lacreesha DeFoor, 704-1200.

Forevercise, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Southwood Community Center. An exercise class for adults 55 and older. Class offers individuals healthy lifestyle practices and exercise. Call 764-6351, email kpeterson@cstx.gov or visit cstx.gov/seniors.

Beginner Tai Chi, 3:30 p.m. Southwood Community Center. 764-6351, email kpeterson@cstx.gov or visit cstx.gov/seniors.

Jazzercise, 4:45 p.m., St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Gym. Continuous registration. For all ages and ability levels. For strength, dance, core, cardio and resistance training. Register at www.jazzercise.com or call 255-4434.

THURSDAY

Big Little Yoga, 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Lick Creek Nature Center. Yoga designed specifically for ages 2-5 and their caretakers. Classes are $5 per pair. Reserve your spot at cstx.gov/LickCreek.

Jazzercise, 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Gym. Continuous registration. For all ages and ability levels. For strength, dance, core, cardio and resistance training. Register at www.jazzercise.com or call 255-4434.

Sit Fit, noon to 1 p.m., Southwood Community Center. Join other adults 55 and older for a gentle exercise class while sitting. Participants follow a video that features fat-burning aerobics and weight-lifting exercises. Call 764-6351, email kpeterson@cstx.gov or visit cstx.gov/seniors.

Beginning Tap Dance for Seniors, 1:30 p.m. Southwood Community Center. All levels are invited to learn basic tap dance steps and terminology with Instructor Sue Engbrock. Tap shoes are recommended but not required. cstx.gov/seniors.

Zumba for Seniors, 3 p.m. Southwood Community Center. 764-6351.

Sunset Yoga, 6:15 p.m. Lick Creek Nature Center. Outdoor yoga classes for $5 per session this fall. Bring your own yoga mat and water. During inclement weather, classes will be held inside. Reserve your spot. 9764-3486 or visit cstx.gov/LickCreek.

FRIDAY

Line dancing, 10:30 a.m., Southwood Community Center. Join other adults 55 and older as they line dance to the hottest tunes for a low-impact aerobic workout. Call 764-6351, email kpeterson@cstx.gov or visit cstx.gov/seniors.

Chair Yoga for Seniors, noon. Peaceful Winds Yoga. $10. www.peacefulwinds.com.

Sit Fit, noon to 1 p.m., Southwood Community Center. Join other adults 55 and older for a gentle exercise class while sitting. Participants follow a video that features fat-burning aerobics and weight-lifting exercises. Call 764-6351, email kpeterson@cstx.gov or visit cstx.gov/seniors.

Forevercise, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Southwood Community Center. An exercise class for adults 55 and older. Class offers individuals healthy lifestyle practices and exercise. Call 764-6351, email kpeterson@cstx.gov or visit cstx.gov/seniors.

Beginner Mixed Martial Arts Self Defense for Seniors, 2 p.m. Southwood Community Center. This beginner’s class focuses on Taekwondo and Jujitsu principles. Wear loose clothing, tennis shoes or water shoes. cstx.gov/seniors.

SATURDAY

Yoga on the Green with Lululemon, 9 to 10 a.m. Century Square, 144 Century Court, College Station. Free one-hour community yoga. Bring your water, mat and a friend.

Outdoor Community Yoga, 8 a.m. Lake Walk Town Center. www.lakewalktx.com/yoga.

Jazzercise, 9 a.m., St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Gym. Continuous registration. For all ages and ability levels. For strength, dance, core, cardio and resistance training. Register at www.jazzercise.com or call 255-4434.

Dance, 8 p.m. Sons of Hermann Hall. Music by Bill Bertrand. 

LEARN
MONDAY

Eat Well, MatureWell: Healthy Eating, 9 a.m. MatureWell Lifestyle Center, 3989 N. Shore Drive, Bryan. The MatureWell dietitian will present and facilitate discussion on pertinent dietary topics. 731-6126.

Infant CPR class, 6 or 7 p.m. CHI St. Joseph Health Medical Office Building, 2700 E. 29th St., Suite 140. This American Heart Association course is designed for family members and friends who care for infants and want to learn basic infant CPR and choking rescue. This course is not to be taken if course completion card is required. If the 6:00 pm course is full, you may be placed in the 7 p.m. course. Register: 731-1231.

TUESDAY

Nutrition Education by Texas Agrilife Extension, 10:30 a.m. Lincoln Recreation Center. cstx.gov.

Sibling Tours, 5 p.m. CHI St. Joseph Health Hospital Lobby. Big brothers and sisters learn about becoming a sibling, get a backpack full of fun stuff, get questions answered in a personalized tour of the labor and delivery suites. Designed for children ages 2 to 8. Parents must accompany. RSVP is required. 731-1231. www.chistjoseph.org/services/maternity/sibling-tours.

WEDNESDAY

Making Moves with Diabetes Grocery Store Tour, noon. Kroger on Boonville. The grocery store tour is a walk through a local grocery store led by a registered dietitian. The one-hour tour will help you put the carbohydrate counting information learned from the core class into practice for everyday life. You will meet the dietitian at the Starbucks located inside of the store. Register: 731-1231.

SATURDAY

Prepared Childbirth Class,

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CHI St. Joseph Health Medical Office Building, 2700 E. 29th St., Suite 140. Parents to be learn the physical process and stages of labor, comfort measures, body mechanics and pain management. Register: 731-1231.

SUPPORT
SUNDAY

GriefShare, 4 to 6 p.m. Peace Lutheran Church. A nondenominational grief support group that meets weekly to help participants apply biblical principles to the healing process after the death of a loved one. Through videos and workbooks, participants see how the gospel brings hope and restoration. For more information visit www.peacelutheranbcs.org.

TUESDAY

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Open House, 5:30 to

7 p.m., St. Joseph Rehab Center Quilter’s Café. 846-0617.

Celebrate Recovery, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Grace Bible Church. A Bible-based 12 step recovery program. Newcomers are welcome. www.grace-bible.org.

NAMI Brazos Valley Mental Health Support Groups, 6:30 to 8 p.m., 3705 S. College Ave., Bryan. Free support group for loved ones of someone with mental health issues, and separate free support group for individuals experiencing mental health or substance use disorders are held concurrently. Call 211, go to www.namibv.org or email rsvp@namibv.org for location and more information.

WEDNESDAY

The Noon Gratitude Al-Anon group, noon, AM Church of Christ, 2475 Earl Rudder Freeway, College Station. The meeting is open to anyone affected by another’s use of alcohol. Call 589-2314 for more information.

Adults with ADHD Support Group, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Christ United Methodist Church Annex Building, 4203 Highway 6 S., College Station. Katherine Jahnke at 979-209-0421 or brazosvalleychadd@gmail.com.

Children’s Bereavement: You must complete the assessment before attending the session. Mending Hearts Grief Center. www.mendingheartsgriefcenter.org/grief-support/.

FRIDAY

Celebrate Recovery, 7 to 9 p.m., Crosspoint Church, 606 E. Evans St., Hearne. A faith-based recovery program for all of life’s hurts, habits and hang-ups (alcohol, drugs, codependency, food addictions, etc.). crosspointcr@gmail.com or 220-7002.

SATURDAY

SingleMoms Created4Change support group, noon, Lincoln House of Hope, 1013 Eleanor St. in College Station. Call before attendance at 575-1034.

ONGOING

Contact the individual centers for class days, times and costs:

Bariatric post-op exercise, St. Joseph Rehabilitation Center, 1318 Memorial Drive, Bryan. Classes at the fitness studio, aquatherapy pool and cardiac rehab gym. 821-7558.

Brazos Ballroom Dance: Waltz, foxtrot, tango, quick step, Viennese waltz, rumba, cha cha, bolero, East Coast swing, West Coast swing, salsa, mambo. Offering group classes, private lessons, wedding dances and practice parties. No partner needed. www.brazosballroomdance.com or 777-6450.

College Station Parks and Recreation: Square dancing and other classes. Register at http://rectrac.cstx.gov.

Dance Center: Ballet, tap, jazz, modern, belly dance, Pilates mat and reformer, yoga fitness, prenatal yoga, meditational yoga, cardio-dance and karate fitness.  www.dancecentreCS.com or 764-3187.

Peaceful Winds: Hatha yoga, chair yoga, Senior yoga, Kundalina yoga classes: www.peacefulwinds.com or 575-6078.

Susan’s Ballroom Dance: Quickstep, Argentine tango, Latin, waltz, foxtrot, salsa, rumba, samba, American dance and more. Classes for all ages and levels.  www.susansballroomdance.com or call 690-0606.

SIA — Female survivors of childhood sexual abuse, AM Methodist Church, Room 204. 281-814-5781.

University of Sidekicks, 12845 F.M. 2154, Suite 120. Self-defense classes. 661-1560.

Article source: https://www.theeagle.com/healthy_living/health-and-fitness-calendar/article_dbbb7c44-7aba-11e9-82eb-7b24c526357c.html

Healthy Living: Suffering from Knee Pain?

More people are turning to knee replacement surgery as a way to relieve pain and improve their quality of life. Many of those surgeries are performed right here in the River Valley at Baptist Health-Fort Smith. The team at Baptist Health Orthopedic Spine Center has created a special program that brings together experienced and skilled surgeons and caring and specially-trained nurses, therapists and technicians. Their goal is to get you back on your feet and back to enjoying your favorite activities. If you’re suffering from knee pain, check out this segment with Dr. Jeffrey Evans to determine if it’s time to consider knee replacement surgery.

Sponsored by: Baptist Health 

Article source: https://5newsonline.com/2019/05/19/healthy-living-suffering-from-knee-pain/

Healthy Living: Baby Shirley’s grand adventure continues


Shirley Rodriguez was born in February of 2017, and at just a few days old, underwent open heart surgery.  It was the first of several surgeries she will need as she gets older to repair her heart.  Shirley was born with a rare congenital heart defect called truncus arteriosus.

Later that same year, Q13’s Marni Hughes visited Shirley at her home in Tacoma as she was settling into her the new world around her and on the mend with regular doctor visits and a host of medications.  Now, Shirley is 2-years-old and growing.  In fact, according to her cardiologist, Shirley’s heart is the healthiest it’s been.

This weekend, Shirley and her parents, Brianna and Joseph Rodriguez shared their heart story and Shirley’s Grand Adventure at the American Heart Associations annual Evening with Heart Gala in Seattle.  The event raises funds and awareness and offered the Rodriguez family to offer hope to others about congenital heart defects.

“When we first got her diagnosis there was a lot of scary information,” said Joseph Rodriguez,  Shirley’s dad.  “But what we want people to know is there’s a lot of hope.  Shirley’s future looks bright, there’s a lot of technology available today that really is able to address the issues children will face that are born with congenital heart defects.”

Right now, it’s estimated there are 1.3 million people living with a congenital heart defect, but because of advancements in medicine and early diagnosis, many people are able to live long, healthy lives.

While Shirley still has health hurdles to overcome, her parents say she is fierce.  Shirley isn’t yet walking, but is now able to go 6 months between doctor visits.  Currently, she visits a physical and speech therapist which are able to support her as she grows and explores the world.

“We want to share Shirley’s story because we were those parents at that 20 week ultra-sound,” said Brianna Rodriguez, Shirley’s mom.  “That frightened us.  Now we’re able to be that beacon of light we were so looking for when we got that diagnosis.”

 

Article source: https://q13fox.com/2019/05/19/healthy-living-baby-shirleys-grand-adventure-continues/

Healthy Living: Warning Signs of a Stroke

Strokes can happen without warning and lead to disability or even death. But up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented, according to the American Stroke Association. Dr. Mohammad Owais a neurologist with Baptist Health-Fort Smith, explains the symptoms of a stroke and what you should do if someone you know is experiencing one.

Sponsored by: Baptist Health 

Article source: https://5newsonline.com/2019/05/12/healthy-living/

Why Dancing is More than Just Good Exercise

When was the last time you let go and danced—like, really cut loose and jammed out? If you’re still trying to remember that one time a few years ago, let me stop you. Go turn on some music and bust out a few moves right now. It doesn’t matter where you do it, what you’re wearing, what you’re listening to, or who you do it with.

Trust me, I used to be a professional dancer. None of it matters. All that matters is that you allow yourself to get weird, to get groovy and don’t be shy! It’s full body liberation. Plus, dance is incredibly good for you. It’s really like no other form of exercise on the planet. Here’s why.

Baby Daughter Dancing With Father In Lounge At Home

You’re moving in all directions.

Sure, exercises like swimming, running and biking are great, but dancing is unlike any of them in one crucial way—your body gets to move in every possible direction.

This is especially great for flexibility and mobility, but it also comes with an unexpected bonus—the ultimate workout.

The repetitive motions of most forms of exercise actually allow your body to utilize momentum, which lightens the load. In dance, there are so many wild movement patterns—along with lots of acceleration and deceleration—that it requires a lot more effort. That’s why a half hour of active dancing burns hundreds of calories. It’s one of the most hardcore workouts—and it’s fun!

It reduces stress + boosts mood.

Taylor Swift wasn’t kidding—”shaking it off” can actually help you feel happier and less stressed. One theory for why this happens is that when the body feels good, the mind reflects that.

On a chemical level, dance and full body movement release endorphins in the brain, but there is something even bigger at play here. Perhaps it is because dance was one of the first forms of human art and communication. On a primal level, we crave dance as a source of release. The evidence speaks for itself—it’s hard to not feel good when you’re burning up the dance floor.

Happy senior couple dancing and laughing together at home

It grows your brain.

In older adults, one study showed that three days of dancing a week actually increased white matter in the brain. Seniors who simply walked or stretched actually experienced a decrease in their white matter.

White matter is essentially the connective tissue that allows your neurons to communicate efficiently. When it breaks down, we think less clearly and may begin to experience more memory problems.

While more research is needed to understand the beneficial effects of dance on the brain, this initial research is a compelling excuse to take a regular afternoon dance break.

It eases social anxiety.

Therapists have been recommending dance as a solution to anxiety for decades. Think about it. If you can get comfortable dancing around people (for those with social anxiety, there is some ease in the non-verbal aspect), going to a dinner party feels a whole lot easier.

Dance also encourages you to fall into a unique mental state—almost a character or alternate facet of your own personality. Developing this can be a useful tool for those with social anxiety.

The point is, dance is fun and super good for you—but most of us don’t do it nearly enough. So blast some tunes, clear some space and have yourself an impromptu dance party RIGHT NOW! The benefits are so worth it.

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Article source: https://www.care2.com/greenliving/why-dancing-is-more-than-just-good-exercise.html