As we age we slowly start to view our body negatively, we hate the strands of gray hair, the saggy skin and the wrinkles on our face, all the things that reveal our real age.
But it seems that now there’s a fun way to slow down the aging process and improve our relationship with ourselves, neuroscientists reveal.
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience Journal published a study which reveals that physically active people can slow down the aging process in the brain and the neuroscientists who conducted the study say that dancing is the best activity for this purpose.
How can dancing be so effective when it comes to slowing down the brain’s aging process?
The lead author of the study, Dr. Kathrin Rehfeld, claims that the study has shown that physical exercises can significantly slow down this process and even prevent a decline in the brain’s mental and physical activity, something that comes naturally as we age.
The study examined two types of physical activities, endurance training and dancing, and their effect on the aging process and discovered that both these exercises improve this condition. However, they also discovered that only dancing can have a positive effect on our behavior and improve our balance.
The study involved 52 subjects, all aged 63-80. The subjects were randomly divided into two groups, one group assigned to dance classes while the other to a sport program.
The first group went to dancing lessons with a constantly changing choreography and the participants had to memorize all the moves. The second group, that took up the sport program, followed strength exercises, flexibility and endurance training.
The area of the brain most susceptible to decline due to aging was increased in both groups, this area is in charge of balance, memory and learning.
The difference between the two groups is that only the dancers had an improvement in the other areas of the left hippocampus. Moreover, this group had an increase in the volume of one part of the right hippocampus, the subiculum.
The conclusions from the study were that dancing, especially the changing choreography, can have better results than repetitive physical activities like cycling or walking.
Furthermore, Dr. Rehfeld added that the dance group had to listen to different music genres and changed the dance routine every two weeks, introducing new moves, different steps, rhythms and formation, which further added to this benefit.
But what if someone just doesn’t have the ear for dancing or has two left feet?
It doesn’t matter if you’re good at it or you’re not, the most important thing is to lose yourself in the rhythm and enjoy yourself. Music can really make you feel better, lift your spirit and improve your mood.
Dr. Rehfield explains that everyone wants to feel young and healthy forever, or for as long as it’s possible and physical activity is the thing that can help you achieve this. Is there a better way to be physically active than dancing?
If you feel like you need some motivation watch this elderly couple dance and enjoy the music:
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