Crank up the music and get moving!

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the African American community. It is a chronic disease, the risk of which can be reduced by participating in regular physical activity. If you participate in physical activity at least three times a week until you sweat, you can improve your health and live longer than you may expect. After working one, two or even three jobs to live comfortably and raise a family, more physical activity might be the last thing on one’s mind at the beginning or end of the day. But there is hope.

One physical activity that everyone can participate in, no matter your age and without incurring monetary expense, is dancing. It is a universal activity like the language of music. When the sounds of music touches people, it makes them move, especially if there are drums playing and a banging base beat. The whole world can dance. You have seen it in children one-year-old and younger and in adults as old as one hundred. I’ve seen seniors and those with physical disabilities dancing in their wheelchairs.

Even when you are tired, dancing can place a smile on your face and make you feel good. If you do it with enthusiasm, it will make you sweat. You can do it inside or outside the house. It can even be done while you are doing chores. So crank up the music and get moving!

Have some fun each week. Get together with a friend or family member and dance. Get active, healthy, and happy.