In an article entitled “Dancing can reverse the signs of aging in the brain” by Frontiers and featured on Medical Xpress, we read about a study out of Germany that looked at the benefits of exercise in the elderly to determine what type of effect it can have on the brain:
“Exercise has the beneficial effect of slowing down or even counteracting age-related decline in mental and physical capacity,” says Dr Kathrin Rehfeld, lead author of the study, based at the German center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Magdeburg, Germany. “In this study, we show that two different types of physical exercise (dancing and endurance training) both increase the area of the brain that declines with age. In comparison, it was only dancing that lead to noticeable behavioral changes in terms of improved balance.”
Rehfeld goes on to explain that by constantly changing the dance routines and introducing different genres of dance, the seniors in the study were constantly engaged in a learning process.
We know that music it itself can greatly affect our mood and can be an important element in our emotional health; just putting on music while I am cleaning the house always makes the task that much more enjoyable. Now I have a reason to put some swing in my step!
Bottom line? Find some time to dance 🙂
To read the full article: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-08-reverse-aging-brain.html
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2 thoughts on “Dancing: How It Can Help Our Brain”
I can testify that any music of George Thorogood & The Destroyers leave my floors shiny and clean! And somehow shorten the time required. The effects on balance arising from dance when compared to other exercise is new to me, and does make sense.
It is so true! Love a good playlist to get in the mood to dance 🙂