Number One Exercise For Slowing Down The Aging Process by Casey Ryan
Perth dance classes are offering their students the ability to slow down the aging process with dancing identified as the number one exercise for slowing down the aging process.
It is common knowledge that doing crossword puzzles can help build resistance to Alzheimer’s, but new research in the field of neuroscience has demonstrated that regular social dancing is even better at preventing the disease. Social dance also has a hugely positive impact on general health and people’s social lives, making it one of the best activities for seniors to engage in.
Social dancing works to preserve the sharpness of the mind by creating more connections in the hippocampus, an area of the brain closely linked with both memory and various forms of Alzheimer’s disease. One of the most common early signs of Alzheimer’s in the brain is a shrinking of the hippocampus and an associated loss of neural connections in this area. This inhibits the ability of the hippocampus to create new memories and retrieve old ones, thus the classic symptom of memory issues in Alzheimer’s sufferers. By creating more connections in this area, social dancing can slow this shrinking dramatically, which improves memory and helps slow the progress of Alzheimer’s.
So how does social dancing do this, and how effective is it? Connections are built in the brain whenever something new is learnt, so varied choreography and dancing with partners is associated with the best results as this requires significant improvisation and constant learning. In fact, regular social dancing with partners was found to lower the risk of dementia by 76%, making it an astounding 30% more effective for dementia prevention than regularly solving crossword puzzles.
Not only does social dancing reduce the risk of dementia, it also helps general wellbeing too. Experts recommend regular aerobic exercise for people of all ages. This is associated with the release of mood boosting hormones and improved cardiovascular health. On top of all that, social dancing is incredibly fun, and one of the best ways to make new friendships and preserve old ones.
So head down to a class- your mind, body and soul will thank you for it!
Ballroom Fit offer classes to not only exercise your body but it’s a work-out for your mind also and will help keep you young in body, mind and soul. Classes are:
Monday 1pm to 2pm: Connect Victoria Park
Wednesday 1pm to 2pm: South Perth Senior Citizens Centre
Thursday 1pm to 2pm: Manning Senior Citizens Centre
Saturday 2pm to 3pm: Manning Senior Citizens Centre
Phone: 0439 460 487