Do you secretly wish to learn ballroom dance but believe you're not young or agile enough? Do you fear that you won't be able to keep up with learning new steps and routines? As it turns out, these are excellent reasons to sign yourself up for dance lessons now. Ballroom dance is not just an enjoyable way to spend an evening. A recent study (reported in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience) showed that learning dance does more to reverse age-related decline in brain function and balance than strength and endurance exercise.
Ballroom Dance For Any Age
The study, which included 52 adults between the ages of 62 and 80, sought to determine the effects of dance vs. sport routines on balance and structural changes in the hippocampal region of the brain which is associated with learning, memory and balance. In the end, dance won out over strength and endurance exercise. The dance participants showed a greater increase in the hippocampal region of the brain, and only dancers showed improved balance abilities and an increase in the area of the brain associated with memory formation. This is terrific news for anyone who thinks they may be too old to learn something new.
So What’s Your Favorite Dance Style?
There's no need to wonder which one will be most beneficial. Whether you want to waltz, tango, foxtrot or salsa, the results of taking on the exciting challenge of learning a new dance routine are the same. And you will continue to reap the benefits long after the music and fun have ended. In light of this information, I bet you're ready to put on your dancing shoes and even share this information with your partner and friends. They will thank you for introducing them to this fun and joyful way of growing older better than ever. Contact us today to start dancing your way to a new and improved you!