Benefits of Dancing – (Taken from Later Life Training – Education)
Benefits to the Nervous System
Improve balance both static and dynamic
Improves right reflexes (when you have a trip)
Increased proprioception (messages from the brain to muscles)
Improved vestibular function (inner ear)
Reaction times both simple and complex moves improved
Better body awareness
Posture and gait (stride) improves
Benefits to Muscles
Anyone at any age can respond to strength training (in the case of dancing, it is weight bearing activity ie. body weight)
Bigger muscles means higher blood and this will produce more energy
Benefits to the Endocrine System (Hormones)
Release of growth Hormones during dancing which allows bones and muscles to grow and develop
Decrease in a nasty hormone called cortisol (this is bad for bone development)
Improved response to hormones produced
Improved intake of nutrients and hormone production
Cerebral (brain) function is improved
Benefits to Bones
Protect against the ageing of bones
Reverse the effects of ageing on the bones
Weight bearing dancing is so good for osteoporosis. This medical condition can be reduced over time to osteopenia a lesser condition or even disappear all together.
As well as dancing, increased calcium and Vit D intake will help bones to grow
Benefits to joints
Improves internal lubrication and nutrition of joints
Lengthens the life of fibres in the joints
Improves elastic properties of the ligaments and tendons and therefore improved flexibility
More stable joints
Increased stride length and gait
Better rhythm and body awareness
Helps to limit the effect of arthritis
Increased social contacts
Increased confidence and self esteem
Benefits to the brain – (Taken from Lifehack.org)
It will enhance neuroplasticity
Studies show that dancing lowered the risk of dementia by improving cognitive reserves and increase complexity of neuronal synapses.
It will make you more intelligent
The essence of intelligence is making quick and accurate decisions, Dancing demands speedy decision making and requires instant responses to questions.
It’ll improve your muscle memory
Dancers can achieve complex moves through visualizing movements and hence can help improve muscle memory
It will slow down ageing and boost memory.
Dancing can train up your brain muscles and offers alternative pathways that you can use to access stored information and memories.
It will help to prevent dizziness.
Dancing will help improve the function of your cerebellum which in turn will help to improve your balance and make you less dizzy.
Dancing increase neural connectivity which can be of great benefit to your brain as it ages.
So dance now and dance often. See you on the dance floor!