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Dancing Isn't Just Fun -- It's Really Good For Your Health
It's time to get your groove on. 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?

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Dancing benefits

Dancing benefits
  • Dancing is a great all-round cardio workout.
  • Dancing is fun in the way a monotonous treadmill run probably never will be.
  • It can be a social activity and w...

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