Yes, Dancing is a Legit Workout — Here’s Why

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During exercise, the brain releases endorphins — your body’s natural painkillers — which can help alleviate anxiety and stress, says Selina Shah, MD, dancer and California-based sports medicine physician for the Diablo Ballet Dance Company and Axis Dance Company. That’s why you feel so calm and satisfied after a good workout.

Don’t resist the urge to shake your booty: Dancing has some serious perks for your physical, mental and emotional health. If you’ve been dabbling with the idea of dance, here are eight reasons you should finally add a little rhythm to your fitness routine …