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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Tuesday Tune ~ The Health Benefits of Dancing.

Welcome to Natasha in Oz and welcome to this week's #TuesdayTune party! It is a rainy, cold and miserable day here in Brisbane and it has been like this all week; so much for Spring Down Under! I haven't been able to go for my walks, the kids have got cabin fever and, as much as I would like to sit here all day and blog, I think I need to get moving!


It's time to dance!
Tuesday Tune ~ I Feel Like Dancing!

Do you secretly boogie across your living room when you're home alone or embarrass your kids by grooving along to their favourite tunes in front of their friends? Well, if you do, keep it up! Not only is dancing a great way to let loose and have fun, but it also provides some fantastic benefits for your health!

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Did you know that the Mayo Clinic researchers reported that dancing helps to reduce stress, increase energy, improve strength, increase muscle tone and increase your coordination? (Source)

Whether music you dance to, the American Heart, Lung and Blood Institute says that dancing can strengthen the bones of legs and hips, help people manage their weight, decrease blood pressure, and lower the risk of coronary heart disease.


Dancing provides the heart-healthy benefits of an aerobic exercise while also allowing you to engage in a social activity. This is especially stimulating to the mind, and one 21-year study published in the New England Journal of Medicine even found dancing can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia in the elderly.

In the study, participants over the age of 75 who engaged in reading, dancing and board games once a week had a 7 percent lower risk of dementia compared to those who did not. Those who engaged in these activities at least 11 days a month had a 63 percent lower risk! Neurologist Joe Verghese, believes that this is because "dance music engages the dancer's mind."

Not only does dancing increase blood flow to the brain, but the social aspect of the activity also leads to less stress, depression and loneliness. Furthermore, dancing can also require memorizing steps and working with a partner, both of which provide mental challenges that are crucial for brain health.

Nobody cares if you can't dance well.  Just get up and dance!  Dave Barry


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Dancing can elevate our mood by raising our endorphin levels. This naturally-occurring hormone heals stress and cures depression. Because dancing makes our mind and body work in harmony, it gives us a sense of well-being. Source
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So what's stopping you? Get up and have a dance!



I hope you enjoyed today's Tuesday Tune and that you will be inspired to get up and boogie the day away!

Have you ever posted songs on your blog? If so, then I would love it if you could link up with me each Tuesday-you can link with an older post too! I love listening to all kinds of music and I absolutely love listening to the music that my blogging friends from all over the world share each Tuesday. Just copy and paste the URL of the blog post, link up and join in the fun!


















Thanks for linking up and joining with our weekly celebration of music!

Thanks so much dear friends for visiting and spending time with me today; I love it when friends drop in! I hope you will be able to come back later so you can visit the wonderful bloggers who have linked up and shared a tune this week.


Best wishes for a happy and dance-filled week,
Natasha In Oz 
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29 comments:

  1. Great, great video, we've been channeling the same thoughts about music and dancing, LOL!
    Have a great week, full of dance and happiness!!!!

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  2. Now I feel inspired to dance more! Great post, I read a lot play board games and do crosswords, not often enough, must get back into the habit. The Italians love to dance and are known to live long lives, so now we know why. My Sunday Song today is appropriately about Life as well.

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  3. What a lovely post! It is very inviting! Yes, dancing is great fun!
    Have a happy Sunday,
    Jacoba

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  4. oh I do love to dance, I was on my way to being a classical ballerina before I lost the passion for it. Still like to take a twirl though, sadly I married a man who doesnt dance!!
    alicia

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  5. Dear Natasha

    I loved today's post and your wonderful video - not only did you post a great song, but that video was a wonderful walk down memory lane! Thanks for sharing and bringing 5 minutes of joy into my life today!

    Hugs
    Ramona
    http://create-with-joy.blogspot.com

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  6. Wonderfully inspiring words, Natasha. I love the old pics! Dancing is so beautiful...

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  7. Oh yes, I am definitely a "secret" boogier. My grandson always tells me that he wishes I wouldn't do that because it doesn't look very good. Ha! Little does he know!♥

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  8. This video is amazing! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  9. I love to dance in my living room when no one is around. I boogie like a mad woman and love to laugh as I do it.
    Plus I play DDR a lot, it's sort of dancing once you get good at it.
    Found you through LambAround.

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  10. Whew, I'm breathless after watching this video. My husband and I took ballroom dance lessons for 2 years. What great therapy it was for our bodies, minds, and marriage. Thanks for the reminder!
    blessings on your day, k
    ps. I linked up with you again today.

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  11. Dancing, Dancing, during my cancer treatment- I loved when everyone left the house and I would blair the music and dance like crazy. Thanks for a great post!

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  12. Natasha what a fantastic post!
    It's very inviting!
    Thank you

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  13. Love the post having been born in 55 I grew up to my parents and older brother's music era! Love the sock hops and absolutely to die for flaminco/tango red dress dancers!

    Met you through Bev at How Sweet The Sound and her PS bloggers!

    Come by and enter my Columbus SALE SAIL giveaway!

    Valrie over at
    http://poemsmyway-valrie.blogspot.com

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  14. O you are a bright spark! I'd get up and boogie with you. My just get the chance to soon as I'll be over your way on Monday :) Keep on dancing
    xxx

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  15. Great~~Fantastic images Girlfriend!!!
    I sooo hope you have a Blessed week Sweetie.. I'm soooo thankful for our friendship BTW...
    Hugs and Love Dena

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  16. Hey Natasha, Being new to all this, I had a bit of trouble figuring out how to link a youtube video for Sunday Song. Finally got it done, late, but it up! Do you do this every week? Great idea! Hugs and kisses, Joy

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  17. What a fun post! I love dancing. Thank you for your lovely comment.

    Lou x

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  18. Hello! I have an award for you on my blog!

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  19. To my surprise, a few years ago my daughter had me show her and some friends how to do the twist, jitterbug, mash potato, and waltz.
    Yes, I have been known to drape a hand towel through the ice box handle and jitterbug.
    This old lady even took some tap dancing lessons just for the fun of it.

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  20. I dance around my house all the time and I don't have to be alone to do it. My music and my kids music are one and the same, I like the current stuff...so I crank up the music whenever I want to get a little energy.

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  21. oh, i love those dancing photos,
    especially the one with fred
    astaire. i noticed they were even
    autographed!

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  22. So fun that I should come across your blog and read this just after watching tonight's episode of Dancing with the Stars! Such a fun post! Glad I found your blog! We have a friend in Perth, and my hubby's Godparents in Brisbane, where are you?

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  23. What a happy post! Made me want to get up and dance! Wish I could! (I'm having some hip and back problems!)

    Katherine

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  24. A happy happy post, Natasha. These photos are adorable, made me smile. Now that song You should be dancing, is stuck in my head, will think of you many times today >^_^<
    Have a lovely evening, it's early early morning in my corner, off to prepare breakfast and get my little monkeys to school. xxx

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  25. What beautiful pictures! I loved this post. I've always loved dancing - ever since I was 17 and attending a girl's private school. The local military college needed a list of phone numbers of willing dance partners. I signed up and after the first blind date was lucky enough to continue going to military dances and balls for about 3 years. They had a real military band playing, a beautiful ballroom, dinner at midnight in the castle...now I dance in the kitchen as I'm waiting for dinner to cook in the oven and the farmer to come home from the field!

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  26. I'm sorry I missed this tag along.Your post about dancing relieving stress is so true.

    My son hates when I start dancing. He laughs so hard because I dance funny on purpose. lol

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  27. Oh, I love to dance. Nobody does it as well as they did in the old movies! I will have to come up with a song for Christmas. I forget Sunday's are for songs!
    Thanks for stopping by.
    Sherry

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  28. Natasha can you let me know when the link is up for Sunday Song for the 17th Thanks xx
    Hope the fact you have not posted yet (Sunday 11am Italian time)is not because you are still having weather problems.

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