Dancing can reverse the signs of aging in the brain

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we grow older we suffer a decline in mental and physical fitness, which can be made worse by conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. A new study, published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, shows that older people who routinely partake in physical exercise can reverse the signs of aging in the brain, and dancing has the most profound effect.

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Dancing For Improved Mobility: Health Benefits Of Dance Include Better Balance, Gait

To dance is human; people of all ages and levels of motor ability express movements in response to music. Professional dancers exert a great deal of creativity and energy toward developing their skills and different styles of dance. How dancers move in beautiful and sometimes unexpected ways can delight, and the synchrony between dancers moving together can be entrancing.

To us as a neuroscientist and biomechanist (Lena), and a rehabilitation scientist and dancer (Madeleine), understanding the complexities of motor skill in a ballet move, or the physical language of coordination in partner dance, is an inspiring and daunting challenge.

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Dance revolution, proven to improve brain function

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Finding the motivation to work out is a challenge for most people. There is never enough time in the day, and the mundane routine of it can make it less than favorable, but we do it nonetheless for the sake of our health.

Offering an alternative way to exercise that seems less grueling and allows participants to express themselves creatively, group fitness dance classes have emerged on the scene. Leer Más