Dancing Can Reverse the Signs of Aging in the Brain

We are born; we grow, develop, mature, and eventually age. All these are normal processes in a human life, but it seems that the aging part is something that we do not like, especially when our brain is concerned.

After the age of 65 many people, in fact around 40% of them, experience certain memory loss. As the years go by our body becomes susceptible to diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. However, we can do something that can prevent these conditions and that is exercising. In this case dancing could be an excellent way to keep our brain in good shape and as well as our body.

Dancing is something that many people enjoy to do that can bring many benefits for our body. According to a scientifically conducted study, that has been released in the journal “Frontiers in Human Neuroscience”; the effects of dancing can be extremely beneficial in reversing aging in the brain.

Dancing is a physical activity that boosts the function of the brain in many ways since it represents a refreshing activity for both the body and mind.

In an 18-month period the scientists have compared the MRI brain scans of volunteers who have been dancing and with the ones who were doing the traditional exercising. The results of the brain structure of people over the age of 68 had been dramatically better after taking part in weekly choreographed dancing routines. The scans showed an increase of the hippocampus area of the brain thanks to the performance of dancing exercises. This brain area is accountable for the development of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s.

In addition to this improvement, the follow up of choreographed dancing routines helped these people to better their body balance, endurance, and flexibility thereby drastically reducing the chances of experiencing injuries.  The body balance gets better as while learning the dancing choreography one must coordinate the steps and arm patterns along with speed and rhythm changes.

In a comprehensive study released in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports was revealed the best physical activity for the older generation. In this study were involved around 1,000 elderly Japanese women who followed many physical activities like walking, swimming, yoga, dancing, and dressing. It was evaluated which physical activity has lower

risk of becoming physically disabled. According to the findings of the researchers dancing lowered the risk up to 73% and this physical activity required a variety of different skills, both mental and physical making it highly beneficial for the people.

It has been concluded that dancing is a low-risk activity that combines aerobic fitness thus enhancing endurance, strength, and balance along with cognitive abilities. The physical and mental well-being of the person gets enhanced while dancing as the person needs to focus and adapt to the partner and the music meanwhile memorizing the choreography and producing graceful and fluid motion.

Therefore, play your favorite piece of music and start dancing, release your body from all the negative energy and enjoy the movements of your body with the beats of the music.

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