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Dancing helps keep our brains in shape

Updated: Nov 24, 2020

"Mens sana in corpore sano", the ancients said. Yes, especially if the body in question is kept in shape to the rhythm of the music. To add this note to the famous Latin saying comes a new study published in the magazine of the American Geriatrics Society, which wanted to prove what many lovers of salsa, merengue, waltz & co have been arguing for years: dancing not only helps the body's health, but also the more strictly mental one. The study in question analyzed and cross-referenced the results of 32 previous research, for a total of 3,500 people aged between 50 and 85 years. In addition to reiterating the now more than secure link between constant physical activity and the maintenance of cognitive faculties, the team of experts was able to detect that adults used to dancing between 60 and 120 minutes a week generally showed a better performance brain health, with positive effects on learning, communication, memorization and adapting to new situations.

To follow the rhythm, learn new steps and adapt them to the person you are dancing with, in short, would be a great workout for our mind, better than many other types of sports or physical activity. Certainly, certifying a direct cause-effect relationship is not simple: as scholars point out, it is also possible that adults in good physical and mental health are simply more accustomed or more likely to jump on the track than peers with various and possible ailments. In any case, dancing would be in some way synonymous with health. From every point of view.

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