Get Those Dizzy Feet Moving!

The last Saturday of every July is National Dance Day, and Each Mind Matters wants you to get those feet tapping and those hips swaying this Saturday, July 25! Dancing is a great way to stay both physically and mentally fit, so turn on some swing music, grab some tap shoes or just shake it while running errands.

Dancers getting their groove on in L.A. at NDD 2012 (photo Valerie Macon/Getty Images North America)

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Launched in 2010 by “So You Think You Can Dance” co-creator (and Each Mind Matters friend) Nigel Lythgoe as a part of his non-profit organization, the Dizzy Feet Foundation, National Dance day was created as a fun and positive way to embrace a healthy lifestyle. Dancing is an amusing way to let loose, but it’s also a great way to keep up your mental health. By getting your body moving, you are releasing feel-good chemicals like endorphins that can give your mood a boost. Dance can also serve as a fun distraction from something that may be stressing you out.

Shaking your tail feather is also used as a form of therapy and can be helpful in your everyday life, not just on National Dance Day. Research has shown that dance therapy can be helpful in treating mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety and eating disorders.

Another study of 112 girls aged 13 to 19 years old found that regular dancing helped to improve symptoms of depression, stress, fatigue and headaches. For this study, 59 of the girls were put into a group who danced together at least two times a week, and the other 53 girls did not change their habits. Results showed that the girls in the dance group experienced heightened self-esteem and mental wellness.

So get those dancing shoes on and don’t forget to stop and shake it off this Saturday, July 25. For more information on the Dizzy Feet Foundation, visit www.dizzyfeetfoundation.org.