Did you know that dancing not only lifts your spirits and strengthens your physical health, it also improves the functioning of your brain? Scientific studies have shown that getting up and moving your hips enhances neuroplasticity which has been shown to slow down aging and boost memory. Dancing can also help to increases intelligence!
A study conducted by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine looked at senior citizens 75 years and older and found that dancing frequently reduced the risk of dementia by 76%. Dancing is a fun way to engage in aerobic exercise and regular aerobic exercise has been linked to increases in memory function.
The seniors who danced regularly showed an increase of neuronal synapses and pathways and these increased neural pattern complexities are what reduces the risk of dementia.
Dancing encourages the brain to continually rewire and in doing so helps with promoting the brain’s neuroplasticity.
We aren’t just talking about professional dancers either. Anyone who likes to boogie on down at least once a week will see improvements in their brain health.
You’re probably asking “Okay, but how does dancing make us more intelligent?”
— Dancing Improves Your Brain Health
As we get older, brain cells die and our number of neuronal pathways decrease, which leads to a weaker memory. However, when you learn new things like a joyous dance, you build new neural pathways. This provides alternative pathways your brain can later use to access stored information and memories.
Dancing requires literally on your toes decision-making. Whether you’re dancing with a partner or on your own, these split second movement decisions — like how to mirror your dance teacher or what to do to adapt to your dance partner — all help with heightening your intelligence.
Dance as if no one is watching, move to your own rhythm and witness how your emotional, mental and physical state can be uplifted with a stronger brain!