As well as being fun and a great way to get a physical workout, dancing can help keep your brain healthy:
- The physical exercise of dancing increases blood flow and the level of brain chemicals that encourage nerve cells to grow.
- Having to remember dance steps and sequences boosts brain power by improving your memory skills.
- Social aspects of dancing with a partner lead to lower stress levels and risk of depression. Dancing releases endorphins which lift your spirits.
A 2003 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that ballroom dancing at least twice a week made people less likely to develop dementia. Of 11 physical activities considered in the study, only dancing, in particular ballroom dancing, was tied to a lower dementia risk.
Research also has shown that some people with Alzheimer’s disease are able to recall forgotten memories when they dance to music they used to know.