Thursday, May 3, 2012

Bein' Alive

"Stayin' Alive" - this 1977 disco hit by the BeeGees has 103 beats per minute, a perfect number to maintain — and retain — the best rhythm for performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR.

A small study by University of Illinois College of Medicine researchers in Peoria has found that . . .  medical students who listened to this tune while practicing CPR not only performed perfectly, they remembered the technique five weeks later. [Source]

The thing professional dancer Rita Hayworth (in the first video) and these young ladies dancing out in front of a basketball hoop have in common is -- they all look like they're having fun.

Bein' and stayin' alive takes work (getting motivated to exercise regularly, for example).  Sometimes changing the tune makes all the difference.  

Works for me, anyhow.  :)   (I love those scenes where Rita Hayworth just throws her head back and erupts in spontaneous laughter--without missing a single beat.  You forget you're actually watching a dance performance. The joy is positively infectious.  In the second video as well.  What an instant physical and mental picker-upper!  Thanks to my sister for sharing the first video.