Dancing has more benefits than we think. It’s not just an activity that can help us become closer and more intimate with the person we’re dancing with. But, according to recent scientific research, it also has the ability to reverse the signs of aging brain. This in turn can help reduce the effects of certain brain diseases, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
The benefits of dancing on aging brain have been revealed in a study carried out in Magdeburg, Germany, by the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases.
Physical exercise slows down aging and fights the age-related effects on the mental ability. The study carried out by the German neuroscientists showed that two different types of physical exercise, resistance training and dance, help increase the area of the brain that decreases with age.
German Study: How Dancing Can Help You Reverse The Signs Of Aging Brain
The German study involved a group of elderly people, with an average age of 68 years. Over a period of 18 months, half of participants had weekly dance classes. The other half participated in resistance or flexibility training. After this period, both groups showed an increase in the hippocampus, an area of the brain that is prone to decline with age and is affected by neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. In addition, the hippocampus also affects memory, learning and balance.
The initial work in the study showed that physical exercise helps increase the hippocampus. But, the researchers wanted to further determine which activity provides the most benefits. To do this, they modified the exercise routines of the participants: the dance group varied their routines each week with new rhythms, steps and speed, while the people in the program with traditional fitness workout, conducted repetitive exercises, such as exercise walking or cycling.
In the end, the elders in the dance group showed better results, indicating that the hippocampus is more benefit from this activity.
The results of this study set the base for researchers to further create new anti-aging therapies for the brain. It’s something that promises a better future for all of us. So, let’s dance!