In addition to the facts that learning to dance is so much fun, there are myriad health benefits to putting on those dancing shoes and holding your partner tight.
One of the most interesting benefits of dance is the way it impacts your brain. It’s completely normal to forget things now and again; we all do that. (Even children forget where they left a toy or their shoes!) But, as adults, when we try to cram 26 hours worth of activity into 24-hour-days, we start to lose site of certain things. We forget more and more and, as we get older, the things we forget seem to bother us more than ever before.
What to do? Sure there are brain puzzles like Sudoku and online apps to rev up your memory. But none of those are nearly as fun as dancing!
A study published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine (and written about by BioMed Central) reveals that “dancing may boost your memory and prevent you from developing dementia as you get older.”
It’s true! In fact, the report reveals, scientists have found that aerobic exercise may even help reverse memory loss by impacting the hippocampus, the memory center of the brain. When you consider that the hippocampus naturally gets smaller as we age, finding a way to halt the shrinkage is a great thing for mind, body and spirit.
Why not give dancing a try? Contact Arthur Murray today to schedule your free first dance lesson.