Why Is Dancing So Good for Your Brain?

Super Athlete, Christopher Bergland has researched and written several articles about the positive effects of dance on our brains.  In one article, he stated:

"Dancing improves brain function on a variety of levels. Two recent studies show how different types of practice allow dancers to achieve peak performance by blending cerebral and cognitive thought processes with muscle memory and ‘proprioception’ held in the cerebellum."

He points out in the article that the practice of training in spins can lead to you not getting dizzy.  It's especially positive if you grow up learning it but appears that it can still be beneficial as we age.  The act of learning dance routines can help maintain the youthfulness of your mind, your body, and your brain over a lifetime.

An article in the journal, Neuroscience states, "Exercise has the beneficial effect of slowing down or even counteracting age-related decline in mental and physical capacity. 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."

The more I research this, the more I am convinced that there is no better activity than dance for people as they age.  Look at getting dance lessons as soon as you are able. You won't regret it.

Read the story... | Source: Psychology Today | Date posted: 8/25/2018
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