Feeling especially energized as we head into week two of Midsummer Night Swing? NewYork-Presbyterian's Dr. Nisha Jhalani explains just how beneficial dancing can be.

1. Dancing is considered a moderate intensity exercise. When done most days of the week for thirty minutes, it can improve heart health and lower blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels.


2. Dancing helps many people lose weight, which can independently reduce rates of diabetes and high blood pressure.


3. Dancing improves muscle tone and strength, which can in turn reduce the chances of osteoporosis in the future.


4. The social aspect of dancing is yet another benefit. Improved social skills are correlated with better outcomes for a number of health conditions. For example, patients with heart disease are known to do better when they have social and familial support.


5. Dancing improves self-confidence!


6. Dancing improves pain management in people living with chronic conditions.


7. Dancing improves physical endurance. A body in motion loves to stay in motion!


8. The act of dancing reshapes the cerebellum of the brain, improving balance and coordination.


9. Dancing improves cognitive ability, or a person's thought processes, and improves memory.


10. Dancing improves mood through the release of neurotransmitters (such as serotonin and norepinephrine) and endorphins, which can also reduce depression.

About the Author

Nisha Jhalani, MD, FACC, is a clinical cardiologist and Director of Inpatient Clinical Services for the Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. She is also the Director of the Women’s Heart Health Initiative at the Cardiovascular Research Foundation. Her clinical interests include preventative cardiology, personalized cardiovascular risk assessment, and women's health.

Midsummer Night Swing is presented by NewYork-Presbyterian.

For more information about Midsummer Night Swing, visit MidsummerNightSwing.org.