Dancing Isn't Just Fun – It's Great for Your Health

“It's time to get your groove on,” declares Lindsay Holmes, Healthy Living Editor for the Huffington Post. “Dancing has a way of taking your cares away. It doesn't matter if it's the Electric Slide, the Macarena or your own crazy moves. Who hasn't gotten lost in an upbeat song as they jumped around?”

Research shows that dancing can improve your mental healthy by boosting your overall happiness. Here are some of the benefits, courtesy of the Huffington Post:

Dancing is a great cardio workout:
Like any good, low-impact cardio workout, dancing can improve cardiovascular health, increase stamina, strengthen bones and muscles and stave off illnesses. But aside from the perks associated any heart-pounding activity, dancing has a cardio edge with unique benefits that actually can't be achieved by other low-impact exercises.

Dancing can be a social activity:
As much as we all love to dance when there's nobody watching, there's something irresistible about dancing with other people, whether it's with a partner or a class-full of fellow booty shakers.

Dancing can keep your brain sharp:
We've all heard by now that lifestyle habits like aiming for better sleep can help to keep your brain sharp. But, according to one study, so can dancing.

The findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggest that getting footloose on a regular basis is linked with a 76 percent reduction in dementia risk -- about as much as playing board games or a musical instrument. Other physical activities, such as bicycling, walking and doing housework, weren't associated with any decreased risk.

Dancing can improve your balance:
Each year, one out of every three adults over the age of 65 will fall, according to the Centers for Disease Control. One thing that could help? Strapping on your dancing shoes. A research review found that dancing, as well as carrying objects while walking, can help to improve balance and ultimately reduce dangerous falls.