Do you like to dance? Are you one of those people who can’t wait for the weekend to come to hit the clubs and dance? Then we have some good news for you. In one of those studies that no one asked, yet they revealed something very interesting, dancing has been shown to reverse the signs of brain aging. Interesting, isn’t it?
For many people, age is just a number, and that’s great. Having that level of self-confidence is always welcomed. However, as you age, there’s no way to escape the harsh reality of aging. Our body and mind start to wear down, and we start losing functions which can be irritating. The mind takes it very hard – according to statistics, the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s goes up right after our 65th birthday, and there wasn’t a thing we could do until now. Now we’re learned that we can dance dementia away which is about the coolest remedy we can think of.
Dance for Your Brain
A study recently published in a scientific journal showed that dancing is the best physical activity for our brain out of many others. When compared against swimming, running, and other physical activities, dancing was found to reduce the risk of dementia quite a lot.
The scientists involved in the study examined brain scans of the participants looking for age-related brain degeneration. The participants were also asked to write down their favorite physical activity. The study lasted for 18 months and revealed an interesting bit. Those who listed aging as their favorite activity (over the age of 68) had a much bigger hippocampus area which is responsible for age-related cognitive decline.
This is welcome news for many people suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s and could prove to be the key to preventing cognitive decline.
Get Your Dance On!
It gets even better. The study showed that the benefits of a dancing stretch beyond the hippocampus and the brain. It seems that dancing is great for our balance over the age of 65, which shouldn’t come as that big a surprise as it activates almost all muscle groups at once. In the study, the participants also experienced much better flexibility and stamina as well as a lower risk of injuries.
As the study stated, dancing seems to be a “promising intervention for balance and brain structure”. It combines the best of several worlds – sensorimotor skills, aerobic fitness, and cognitive demands into one unique exercise without increasing the risk of injury.
Now that you know how beneficial dancing is, go and dance like no one’s watching. If you get strange glances, at least you know you’re smarter than them.