Two Examples of How Dancing Can Help You in Unexpected Ways

I don’t dance. I just don’t get anything out of it. Besides, I know I look ridiculous when I try to move to music. However, I may have to reconsider that based on two new studies.

Dancing to “Gangnam Style” May Increase Pain Threshold

A study of some Brazilian teenagers who were told to dance to Psy were found to have increased levels of endorphins. The ability to withstand pain went up and they generally felt better. What’s more is that the effect seemed to be addictive. (Via Wired)

Eminem Can Boost Athletic Performance by 10%

Researchers at Harbury College and University Centre in the UK found that listening to Eminem–any Eminem–may have the same effect as a performance-enhancing drug. This comes after a study of a swimmer training to swim 2,000 miles across the Atlantic. (Via The Independent with additional reporting here.)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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