Dr Mosley: The ‘fun’ activity that plays a ‘big role’ in reducing heart disease risk

“We’re doing something that’s going to improve our memory, boost our mood and our immune system and enhance our heart and brain health,” said the doctor on his podcast Just One Thing. “The most important thing it is fun – we’re dancing.”

While you might think you need practice or training to properly get into dancing, Dr Mosley shared that the opposite is true.

Plus, even the research that underlines the health benefits of this “fun” activity looked at amateur dancers.

The doctor explained: “Dancing can, for example, play a big role in keeping our hearts and brains healthy compared to other activities.

“Dancing was linked to a reduced risk of stroke or heart attack in a 12-year study of 50,000 adults.”

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To explain the science behind how the activity cuts the risk of heart disease, Dr Mosley invited Dr Julia Christensen to help.

The expert shared that dancing offers plentiful benefits, including “important” protective factors against developing heart disease in old age.

However, it can also improve your heart health in your daily life. She said: “So many people don’t recognise dance as an important physical exercise, but dancing actually gets our heartbeat up over 140 beats per minute – that makes it an aerobic exercise.

“Very important to say that we are talking here about recreational dancing, and that is the dancing that has been related to increased health effects.”


From heart to brain health, dancing offers a variety of benefits for your body while being fun.

Dr Mosley added: “I think dancing really is one of the best ways to keep your body and mind fit and healthy.

“There it is, dance even for just 10 minutes a day is just one thing you can do today and your heart, your brain and even your waistline will thank you.

“So that’s it. It’s just one thing you can incorporate into a daily routine.”


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