The Benefits of Ballroom Dancing
Top mental Benefit
Dancing makes you smarter
Dancing 4x per week reduces risk of dementia by 76%
The 21-year study of senior citizens, 75 and older, was led by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, funded by the National Institute on Aging, and published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Their method for objectively measuring mental acuity in aging was to monitor rates of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease.
Reduced risk of Dementia in %
Bicycling and swimming - 0%
Playing golf - 0%
Reading - 35%
Doing crossword puzzles at least four days a week - 47%
Dancing frequently - 76%.
As Harvard Medical School psychiatrist Dr. Joseph Coyle explains in an accompanying commentary: "The cerebral cortex and hippocampus, which are critical to these activities, are remarkably plastic, and they rewire themselves based upon their use."
Reduces stress and depression
Increases energy and serotonin
Improves flexibility, strength, balance, endurance
Increases mental capacity by exercising our cognitive processes
Dynamic and rapid-fire decision making, creates new neural paths