Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Dance Heals

I really need to find a way to consolidate these posts, but the effects of dance on the body and brain continue to astound me. It has healing and preventative links to some of the most degenerative diseases out there. And now, it seems to help prevent dementia!

This article here by Richard Powers sums it up nicely. I will quote it directly and let you decide:

"One of the surprises of the study was that almost none of the physical activities appeared to offer any protection against dementia.  There can be cardiovascular benefits of course, but the focus of this study was the mind.  There was one important exception:  the only physical activity to offer protection against dementia was frequent dancing. 

            Reading - 35% reduced risk of dementia

            Bicycling and swimming - 0%

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

            Playing golf - 0%

            Dancing frequently - 76%. "

Mind. Blown. Now get to that dance class!

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