Salsa dancing improves mental health

Academics have found that salsa dancing can help tackle depression.

All eight participants who completed a nine-week study at the University of Derby experienced an improvement in their condition after engaging in the Cuban dance.

Their average score in the Beck depression inventory, a questionnaire-based system to assess levels of depression, dropped from 24, which signifies moderate depression, to 8.6, which indicates little or no depression.

Senior lecturer in mental health Matt Brinks said the combination of physical exercise, social interaction and learning a new skills were likely to have contributed to the result.

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