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Enhances flexibility
Unlike many sports and activities, capoeira takes the body in all directions. It bends, twists, curls and stretches, developing mobility throughout the joints and muscles


Boosts heart
Weight-bearing movement in all directions is demanding on the cardiovascular system, increasing stamina. One hour of capoeira burns around 500 calories


Improves balance
Research from the University of Minnesota shows that the coordination of upper and lower body movements, as well as moves that require balancing on one leg or hand, enhance coordination


Strengthens upper body
Many of the moves, including handstands and cartwheels, require taking the body's full weight through the hands, so strengthening upper arms, chest, shoulders and back