Who doesn’t love to dance? Well, a new study has shown that you may be able to dance the decline of your brain away. This may sound too good to be true, we know. There have been many studies showing that regular exercise can help reverse the aging of your brain. Dancing offers all this and a bit more.
Dance the Decline of Your Brain Away
What separates dance from other types of exercise is two things. One, it helps keep better balance than regular exercise due to the moves that are used within a session. Two, it helps sharpen the brain because each week, the session can be different verses regular exercise.
The study, done at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, in Magdeburg, Germany, had a group of elderly volunteers, whose average age was 68, participate in two different exercise routines. One was dancing and the other endurance training. Both did it weekly for eighteen months.
Dr. Kathrin Rehfeld, the lead author of the study, wrote: “…that 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.”
Both groups showed an increase in the hippocampus region of the brain, an area that can be affected by dementia and age decline. It helps with keeping balance. The dancing group seemed to get more out of the exercise than the endurance group.
Dr. Rehfeld explains, “We tried to provide our seniors in the dance group with constantly changing dance routines of different genres (Jazz, Square, Latin-American and Line Dance). Steps, arm-patterns, formations, speed, and rhythms were changed every second week to keep them in a constant learning process.
The most challenging aspect for them was to recall the routines under the pressure of time and without any cues from the instructor.”
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