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Square Dancing will add ten years to your life, a surprising new study shows. Dr. Arron Blackburn states, "It's clear that square dancing is the perfect exercise. It combines all positive aspects of physical exercise with none of the negative elements."

Dr. Blackburn said square dancing is a low impact activity requiring constant movement and quick directional changes that helps keep the body in shape. The study was based on their physical examination which indicated that both female and male square dancers could expect to live well into their 80's.

Square dance movements raise heart rates like many good aerobic exercises should. All the quick changes of direction loosen and tone up the muscles – but not so severely as to cause injury. In square dancing, when you're not moving, you're clapping hands and tapping your feet, which all contributes to long term fitness.

"You don't see a lot of 55 year old basketball players, but that's just the age when square dancers are hitting their peak" he said.


Square Dancing:

•Burns 200 to 400 calories per half hour.

•Aids in cardiovascular conditioning.

•Improves cholesterol profile.

•Lowers blood pressure.

•Strengthens bones.

•Provides great rehab from heart or knee surgery.

•Contributes to self-esteem.

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