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If You Do One Thing This Month...Find Your Rhythm

Put on your favorite tunes and move-
you can't help but smile. "It's hard to feel stressed, sad, or
angry when you're dancing," says Mark Liponis, M.D., author of
UltraLongevity: The Seven-Step Program for a Younger,
Healthier You
. "Moving to a rhythm combines the benefits of
exercise and meditation-toning your muscles, reducing anxiety,
and improving your mood-both of which have been shown to
increase immunity." Dancing also raises your heart rate, so every step
helps strengthen your ticker. One study showed that people who
did exercise that followed a rhythmic pattern lowered their
levels of CRP (a protein in the blood that may raise the risk of heart
disease) more than those who walked or jogged. The effect was
so significant, dance classes are now a part of some cardiac-rehabilitation
programs. To improve your health without hitting the nightclub:
Do step aerobics at your gym, walk to the beat of a favorite song, or
grab a partner and take dance lessons (social contact also helps
boost immunity). Moving for an hour two or three times a week will
maximize the benefits. But even the occasional sashay around your living
room will do your heart-and the rest of your body-good.


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