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Belly Dancing Boosts Body Image

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Looking for a fun workout that’ll help you feel better about yourself? Consider belly dancing. A study found the exercise may improve body image among women. Researchers gave questionnaires to 112 belly-dancing students and 101 college students who had never belly danced. The dancers’ number one reason for shaking their hips: the fun factor. Belly dancers scored higher than the other participants on questions related to positive body image and reported less dissatisfaction with their bodies. The belly dancers also spent less time worrying about their appearance.
Source: Sex Roles, published online Aug. 27, 2014