Use It or Lose It: Dancing Makes You Smarter
When compared against:
– bicycling and swimming,
– doing crossword puzzles at least four days a week, and
– playing golf,
– dancing came out on top .
But to get factual, the focus of this study was the mind, especially dementia.
“For centuries, dance manuals and other writings have lauded the health benefits of dancing, usually as physical exercise. More recently we’ve seen research on further health benefits of dancing, such as stress reduction and increased serotonin level, with its sense of well-being.
Most recently we’ve heard of another benefit: Frequent dancing apparently makes us smarter.
A major study added to the growing evidence that stimulating one’s mind by dancing can ward off Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia, much as physical exercise can keep the body fit. Dancing also increases cognitive acuity at all ages.“
I doubt that you heard about the study in the New England Journal of Medicine on the effects of recreational activities on mental acuity in aging. Or perhaps you did, but forgot about it. So, here it is in a nutshell.”
It has some interesting points!
source: Stanford Dance
image source: cc usage via Flickr ‘Let’s Dance’ by *Light Painting*