That physical exercise provides many advantages to the body and mind, many people already know. However, did you know that dancing, specifically, can bring even more benefits to the brain than ordinary physical activity? That’s right. As a good aerobic activity, in addition to helping with physical conditioning, dancing can help fight brain aging. To understand how this brain cell aging occurs and the role of dance in this case, continue reading the text.
How does brain aging occur?
Since we were little, our brain works at full speed and has its capacity expanded throughout childhood. When we reach adulthood, this development stabilizes until the moment we start to lose our cognitive capacity, around 60 years old. At this age, blood supply decreases, as does the number of nerve cells in the brain.
Some practices can contribute to accelerate this aging, such as using alcoholic beverages or cigarettes, the appearance of degenerative diseases or other illnesses, such as high blood pressure and diabetes mellitus. On the other hand, it is also possible to delay this loss or even reduce it with some practices, such as the dance example, which we will follow in the next topic.
What are the benefits of dance for the brain?
According to research conducted with a voluntary group of elderly people and published in the Journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, dance can help maintain balance and assist in the fight against memory loss and dementia. All of these problems, more common in the elderly, are signs of an aging brain and loss of cognitive ability.
In addition to working with spatial memory, that is, the part of your brain responsible for remembering environments and orienting yourself in space, dance is responsible for improving concentration and focus. Not to mention the benefits for the memory itself, as the activity requires memorization of the choreography.
Dance also contributes to socialization and helps to combat the symptoms of depression, a disease that affects more than 300 million people worldwide, according to the WHO. This is because during activity, neurotransmitters linked to the feeling of well-being are released in the body, making it much more pleasurable.
Look, we don’t even talk about the benefits that dance brings to the body, such as physical resistance, loss of calories, toning of muscles, improvement of muscle memory, among others.
What are the main types of dance?
All types of dance bring benefits to the practitioner. Below we highlight some of the main modalities:
These are just a few examples of an endless list of dances and rhythms that pertain to the culture of each people, place and country. All of them provide the benefits mentioned here, but with some variations and highlights for certain characteristics.
Finally, it is worth remembering that dance is an important tool in the fight against brain aging and our habits throughout life can influence how cells will behave when we are older. To make this more difficult, it is possible to opt for different types of dance and enjoy the benefits ranging from improved balance to reduced risk of dementia.
Did you like to learn more about the benefits of dance in combating brain aging? Then, also visit our post on the importance of dance in physical rehabilitation!