At a certain point in our lives all of us develop a negative relationship with the mirror on the wall. It just keeps showing too many lines, too many grey hairs and sagging stuff everywhere.
I know quite a few people who end up refusing to face the mirror for any reason whatever!
But we don’t all have to resort to such drastic measures, because there is something simple and enjoyable you can do to slow down the clock.
As we grow older we suffer a decline in mental and physical fitness, which can be made worse by conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. And we are constantly reminded of the various health benefits of keeping physically active.
A new study, published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, shows that older people who routinely do physical exercise can reverse the signs of aging in the brain, and dancing as a form of exercise is the most effective.
Why dancing is the most effective exercise for the brain
“Exercise has the beneficial effect of slowing down or even counteracting age-related decline in mental and physical capacity,” says Dr Kathrin Rehfeld, lead author of the study, based at the German center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Magdeburg, Germany.
“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 with age. In comparison, it was only dancing that lead to noticeable behavioral changes in terms of improved balance.”
This difference is attributed to the extra challenge of learning dancing routines.