Most people recognize that dancing provides the body with many health benefits. For decades, dancing has proven to be an excellent mode of cardiovascular exercise. Now studies reveal that dancing provides even more significant health benefits. Frequent dancing can apparently make one smarter. A major study by the National Institute on Aging indicates there is growing evidence that warding off dementia can be attained by dancing. A wide range of physical activities have been closely evaluated, including dancing. The principle objective was to determine if any of these activities would truly benefit mental acuity. The tests ranged from playing cards, reading books and doing crossword puzzles. Also more rigorous activities like running, swimming and bicycling were examined. It was discovered that all these physical activities did indeed provide health benefits. However, the only physical activity that indicated protection from dementia was dancing.
Dancing has also been revealed as a great way to reduce stress and increase one’s serotonin level. This can provide a person with a more stable mental state and create an all around sense of well-being. These health benefits are important to all age groups, but especially to seniors. It is common to just focus on the body when exercising. But the mind is just as important to a healthier and happier life. By dancing regularly, you will promote both physical and mental well-being.
By Arthur Murray
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