Did you know this? I know I did not. I happen to be in New Zealand not so long ago and went to line dancing with my sister-in-law. I was so much fun and I could see the benefits of doing this so am in the process of finding somewhere around here that does it. I was hopeless at it and going left when everyone was going right but I had a laugh and so did they.
5 Things will is great for your brain when you dance
1. Enhance Neuroplasticity – A study led by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, was conducted over a period of 21 years and looked at senior citizens 75 years and older.
The study found that some cognitive activities influence mental acuity, but almost none of the physical activities had any effect except for dancing.
Reading – 35% reduced risk of dementia
Bicycling and swimming – 0% reduced risk of dementia
Doing crossword puzzles at least four days a week – 47% reduced risk of dementia
Playing golf – 0% reduced risk of dementia
Dancing frequently – 76% reduced risk of dementia
2. Increase Intelligence – The essence of intelligence is making decisions. To improve your mental acuity, it is best to involve yourself in an activity that demands split-second, rapid decision-making. Dancing is an example of a fast-paced activity that demands speedy decision-making.
3. Improve muscle Memory – Dancers can achieve complex moves more easily when they undergo the process of “marking”—walking through movements slowly and encoding each movement with a cue.
It was concluded that visualizing movements and “marking” can help improve muscle memory. This type of visualization and marking, learned through dance, can also be used across a variety of fields to optimize performance.
4. It will boost your memory and slow down aging. – As you get older, brain cells die and synapses become weaker. Nouns, like names of people, are harder to remember because there is only one neural pathway that leads us to this stored information.
If you work on learning new things, like dance, you can work on building different mental routes and many paths. So if one path is lost as a result of age, you have an alternative path that you can use to access stored information and memories.
5. It will help prevent dizziness – Have you ever wondered why ballet dancers don’t get dizzy when they perform pirouettes? Research suggests that through years of practice and training, dancers gain the ability to suppress signals from the balance organs in the inner ear that are linked to the cerebellum.
If you suffer from dizziness, then making time in your schedule for any form of dance is a good way to address this problem. Dancing of any kind will help with dizziness so you don’t have to be a ballet dancer.
So Lets go Dancing. Cause “If you don’t do different nothing will change”