Why social dancing makes you smarter

8th December 2017

Why social dancing makes you smarter
Dancing a great way to socialise, meet people and keep fit. It also helps to keep you young. A little known fact is that social dancing makes us smarter. That's right - social dancing is one of the best ways to keep your brain active.

According to an American study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine dancing can ward off Alzheimer's disease and other dementia a major media topic in the UK at the moment.

It can make you smarter at any age and the sooner you start dancing the smarter you'll get.

Dancing rewires the brain

According to the research the brain has neural pathways but as people age these can weaken resulting in memory loss. The trick is to develop a myriad of possible paths, so even if one pathway weakens the brain can utilise other pathways.

Learning to dance involves making split second decisions, or just working on your physical style.

Dancing integrates several brain functions at once, kinaesthetic, rational, musical, and emotional. Its the ultimate effective way to exercise the brain.

Dancing helps Creative thinking

Difficult classes are better for you, as they will create a greater need for new neural pathways. So if you are learning to dance set yourself a goal to move up to the next level and try other types of dance.

Many people may start learning Salsa but why not try Bachata or Kizomba? Each style has its own steps and moves. There are a myriad of styles to learn. So dancing offers you a huge variety of brain stimulating works outs.

How does dancing classes compare with other activities

Dancing is the best activity to help you get smart and stay smart. Research shows that dancing and learning dance routines helps people stay mentally agile whatever their age. The study looked at various forms of activity, almost none of the physical activities appeared to offer any protection against dementia. With one exception – dancing!

The figures below show how various activities reduce the risk of dementia.

Dancing frequently - 76%.

Doing crossword puzzles at least four days a week – 47%

Reading - 35%

Bicycling and swimming - 0%

Playing golf - 0%

We can clearly see that dancing and learning to dance beats physical activities. Its the ultimate exercise for the brain.

Get smart learn to dance

Intelligence is what we use when we don't already know what to do. Learning to dances stimulates the brain creating endless possibilities.

The more you dance the smarter you will get. If you can't take classes or go out dancing four times a week, then dance as much as you can. More is better.

And do it now, the sooner the better. It's essential to start building your cognitive reserve now. Some day you'll need as many of those stepping stones across the creek as possible. Don't wait — start building them now.

Join a dancing class Near You

Watching Strictly is great fun, Its very popular you can see the fun and excitement it creates. Its not just exercise its a way to exercise your brain.

Don't be a couch potato get up and dance. Try the real thing join a class Near You.

Source: Leisure Activities and the Risk of Dementia in the Elderly
Source: NearYou