5 Reasons to Dance for Better Brain Health

Anam Shahid Mar 29 2016
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Being a fan of dancing myself, I was quite surprised when I came across some amazing benefits dancing has. From staying fit to fun, dancing not just pleasures the soul, but it also brings peace to the mind. For this reason I just had to write a piece to spread the awareness that shaking and moving your body on beats does more good than just looking like a party person.

To dance is more than just a recreation with family or friends. Did you know how beneficial dancing is for your brain health? Here are five amazing things dancing can do to your mind, memory and brain.

1.Enhances Neuroplasticity

Neuroplasticity: “The brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. Neuroplasticity allows the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain compensate for any injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment.”

Dancing helps the brain function better. It is the perfect activity that causes your brain to continually rewire its neural pathways. Moreover, dancing may also help lower the risk of dementia.

2. Increases intellect

To enhance your mental sharpness, schedule a regular dance session for yourself. Dancing tends to improve person’s cognitive skills. It is a fast-paced activity that demands quick decision making and instant responses to any queries. Thus, shaking and moving body to an upbeat music is an excellent way to maintain memory and boost your intelligence.

Studies have also shown that activities that involve both mental and physical skills help slow the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

3. Better Muscle Memory

It is said that dancers may enhance the ability to do complex moves more effectively when they experience “marking”— strolling through movements and steps gradually and encoding every move with a signal. Marking reduces the conflict between the cognitive and physical aspects of the move, and doing so allows dancers to remember and revise moves with more ease. It can be presumed that foreseeing movements and marking can enhance muscle memory.

4. Slows the Aging Process & Boosts Memory

As you age, mind cells start degenerating and neural connections get weaker. Things, such as names of individuals, are harder to recall. So, the trick is, the more you dance, the better your brain works.

However, if you fall off at adapting new things, with dancing, you can deal with building diverse mental courses and numerous ways. So, if one way is lost as a consequence of aging, you have an alternative that you can use to access memories.

5. Helps Prevent Dizziness

Experiencing dizziness? Squeezing a few minutes of dancing session into your day is a decent approach to deal with this issue. Dancing helps enhance the capacity of your brain, which eventually may help you improve your posture and balance and make you less dizzy. You don’t have to be an expert to benefit from dancing. Dancing at all levels helps.

Shaking yourself to music, indeed, makes you smarter and sharper. Apart from its cognitive benefits, dancing also helps shrug off stress and alleviate depression while keeping it at bay. So, make time for some rock n roll and reap the brain boosting benefits. Get on the dance floor now!

 

Anam Shahid

Anam Shahid:

Anam has always been fond of writing and fiddling with words which allows her to not only express herself but pass them beyond. Graduating as a media student at ICMS, creativity comes to her pieces on its own.