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Why dancing could be a promising candidate to counteract age-related decline

We all know that exercise is good for our body, mind, and soul. We see the physical benefits of exercise on a regular basis, and we’ve widely accepted that moving is better than not moving.

But which exercise will help you best?

With so many options out there and new forms of physical exercise popping up all the time, it can be hard to decide which is right for you.

The truth is that what works for one person might not be the best or safest choice for another person.

Swimming is a healthy exercise, but not everyone can swim.

And it turns out that a lot of people don’t swim properly and hurt themselves.

Plus, not everyone has access to water or pool on a regular basis. So there goes that theory.

It turns out there is an exercise that might offer you several benefits:

Dancing!

A study, published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, says that “dancing constitutes a promising candidate in counteracting the age-related decline in physical and mental abilities.”

Dance Like Nobody’s Watching

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Here’s the thing about dancing: even if you are doing it wrong, you are doing it right.

We’ve all heard the saying “dance like nobody’s watching.” This is a metaphor for life, and it literally means dance whichever ways you want.

The great thing about dancing is that you can relax into it, or you can get your heart pumping at intense rates.

Everyone does it differently, and that’s amazing. Sure there are “dances” that people learn and perform, but when they mess up, you can’t tell.

The act of dancing is beautiful, and you can’t help by tap your foot when you hear music and see someone else dancing.

The great thing about dancing is that you can literally do it anywhere.

Have you ever found yourself walking through the aisle of a supermarket and a song comes on over the speaker system, and you catch yourself shaking your hips as you push your grocery cart down the aisle?

Dancing is contagious.

Dancing May Be a Promising Intervention for Improving Balance and Brain Structure 

From the study itself:

“Dancing seems a promising intervention for both improving balance and brain structure in the elderly. It combines aerobic fitness, sensorimotor skills and cognitive demands while at the same time the risk of injuries is low.”

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Think You Can’t Dance? Think Again

While not everyone was born with the gift of rhythm, everyone can feel a rhythm and move their body to it. Music is universal.

Dancing has been part of rituals, religions, ceremonies, and life since the dawn of time. Dancing is natural and easy to do.

There’s no special equipment that is needed, and you can break out into a dance in your kitchen while you stir the pasta in the pot.

In general, physical activity may offer several benefits to humans.

So the next time you find yourself resisting the urge to dance in the supermarket, bust a move and smile to yourself that you are helping improve your life and lifespan.

Learn some new dances to keep things interesting and just have fun with it. And if people are watching, encourage them to dance too. There’s no right way to do it!

 

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Lachlan Brown

Written by Lachlan Brown

I’m Lachlan Brown, the founder, and editor of Hack Spirit. I love writing practical articles that help others live a mindful and better life. I have a graduate degree in Psychology and I’ve spent the last 6 years reading and studying all I can about human psychology and practical ways to hack our mindsets. If you to want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Twitter or Facebook.

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