Researchers found that dancing was associated with only a 4 percent risk of developing a disability that affected daily activities, compared to 13 percent for non-dancers. Dancing requires balance, strength, and endurance, as well as cognitive abilities like adaptability, concentration, artistry, and memory for choreography. – Published March 25, 2019 by HealthAfter50 & BerkleyWellness
Listen to Joyce Resin on the Benefits of Dance
recorded: 2018-09-24 from CBC Radio – BC Today – Staying Healthy as you age (near to end of show)
Dancing may be good for the brain, according to a study from Germany in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
In a group of healthy seniors, the dancers, who were continually learning challenging new routines, had increases in more parts of the hippocampus and also had significant improvements in overall balance, compared to seniors who were doing aerobic fitness workouts, along with strength and flexibility training.
– Published March 06, 2018 by BerkeleyWellness
Dancing provides physical, psychological, and social benefits galore, so put on your dancing shoes and follow along.
Studies have shown improvements in balance, gait, walking speed, and reaction time, as well as cognitive and fine motor performance.
Dancing may also be good for your mood. It has been shown to reduce depression, anxiety, and stress and boost self-esteem, body image, coping ability, and overall sense of well-being, with the benefits lasting over time.
– Published November 20, 2014 by BerkeleyWellness