I have recently gotten into dancing. Not ballet or tap-dancing, mind you, but more swing, 1950’s style and Victorian/Regency-type dancing.
Today, I am going to be sharing with y’all a couple of videos which I have been trying to learn from, and why you should try to dance, say, at least 10 minutes a day. You’d never guess, but dancing is being used to treat those who suffer from Parkinson’s Disease. Dancing is really good for your mind, and we all want healthy brains, right? Right.
Studies using PET imaging have identified regions of the brain that contribute to dance learning and performance. These regions include the motor cortex, somatosensory cortex, basal ganglia, and cerebellum. The motor cortex is involved in the planning, control, and execution of voluntary movement. The somatosensory cortex, located in the mid region of the brain, is responsible for motor control and also plays a role in eye-hand coordination. The basal ganglia, a group of structures deep in the brain, work with other brain regions to smoothly coordinate movement, while the cerebellum integrates input from the brain and spinal cord and helps in the planning of fine and complex motor actions.
Dancing not only improves your blood flow, but it also positively affects the welfare of your heart and circulatory system. Plus, if you’re learning new dance steps, you are creating new neurological paths in your brain, which is extremely healthy. Dancing can also lower your chance of dementia, it helps in relieving stress, dancing activates many parts of your brain which you wouldn’t usually use, it improves your cognitive skills and when you dance with others, it challenges the part of your mind that deals with social interactions.
Overall, dancing is extremely healthy for you, and there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t give it a try. So, here are some videos which I love trying to figure out. Once I’ve got one of these down, it’s SO fun to dance with friends. Get some people together and have a dance party; just learn new dances together! It’s tons of fun with other people.
Well, I hope that this post inspired you at least a little bit to give dancing a try. What have you to lose, by trying it out? If anything, it will make you smarter. 😉