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Brazil is the largest country in South America and is widely known for its annual Carnival festival. Carnival is a celebration that stops the country and most of its functions for nearly a week of dancing and celebration, filled with with drinking and, you guessed it, sex. So what happens when all those “aerobic” workouts stop? According to the Health Minster Jose Temporao, blood pressures rise. In Brazil, blood pressure rates have risen 3% from 2005 to 2009. In America, there are 74.5 million people between the ages of 20 and up that have high blood pressure. I’d opt for knockin’ boots to get the blood pumping but that’s just me.

The Brazilian Health Minister is attempting to draw more awareness to the growing number of people with issues pertaining to high blood pressure. In an effort to reduce the number of patients with high blood pressure, he is advocating ways to help minimize its risks. He has taken his campaign and message around Brazil in hopes to curb the numbers, promoting heart-healthy living. Although Health Minister Jose Temporao is suggesting sex to decrease high blood pressure, he is quick to remind adults heeding the sex remedy to always practice safe sex. Dancing, a healthy diet, as well as any good cardiovascular workout will all work to lower climbing blood pressure, he suggested.

I’m no Health Minister but that is not going to stop me from being an advocate for dancing as a healthy alternative. Dancing is a favorite hobby of mine, it has many health benefits. Here are just a few:

  1. It reduces stress
  2. Promotes weight loss
  3. Enhances energy levels
  4. Makes digestion easier
  5. Helps build muscle tone
  6. Great way to socialize

Now, remember, high blood pressure can lead to heart disease, stroke and in some cases, death. Death is not pretty, no matter how you wear it. So get up (or get down) and get moving!

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