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Sep

Whether you’re young or old, there’s been a time in your life where you’ve moved your body to music.

Well according to a new study, engaging in dance actually “keeps your brain young”.

Dr.Kathrin Rehfeld, lead author of the study, states: “Exercise has the beneficial effect of slowing down or even counteracting age-related decline in mental and physical capacity. In this study, we show that two different types of physical exercise (dancing and endurance training) both increase the area of the brain that declines age. In comparison, it was only dancing that lead to noticeable behavioral changes in terms of improved balance.”

Individuals in the study were in the late sixties, and went through 18 months of weekly dances, or flexibility and endurance training.

Results showed that dancing offered many more benefits by promoting growth and activity in certain sections of the brain: “The hippocampus, the area linked to memory, increased in size.”  This finding, alongside the known factor that music has been shown to help those with dementia, directly promotes how the coupling of physical movement and music can make a great positive impact.