Get up and dance

Good Health Choices - - Be Informed -

If you love to bust a move, keep it up be­cause danc­ing keeps you young. A re­cent Ger­man study found that a group of men and women in their late 60s who were put on a reg­u­lar pro­gram of learn­ing dance routines com­pared with an­other group as­signed to an en­durance train­ing pro­gram showed more im­prove­ments in brain health (specif­i­cally, the re­gion as­so­ci­ated with cog­ni­tive de­cline), mus­cle strength, bal­ance and flex­i­bil­ity. It’s be­lieved that in ad­di­tion to the phys­i­cal ex­er­tion, the chal­lenge of learn­ing the routines plays a huge part – not to men­tion the pos­i­tive psy­cho­log­i­cal ben­e­fits of mu­sic. “There’s all sorts of in­ter­est­ing re­search around dance,” says Pro­fes­sor Dow, “It has a lot of po­ten­tial ben­e­fits we don’t even know about yet.”

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