Aging is a natural process we all go through, but it can be rather frustrating at times. I can remember the first time I saw a gray hair in the mirror. And that wrinkle between my eyebrows won’t go away anymore. We are all aware of the cosmetic procedures we can go through to “slow” aging down, but what if there was a natural, painless way?
Thankfully, there is. Neuroscientists just discovered a successful way that can slow down our aging process.
A recent study published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience Journal, it was found that people who undergo frequent physical activity are slowing down their aging too. At this point we would probably assume that going to the gym would be the best exercise — but it’s not the top one that slows down aging.
The scientists gathered 52 elderly people from 60-80 years old and divided them in two groups for this study. The first group was signed up for dance classes and the second one was signed up to do sports activity.
The first group who went dancing had constant changes in choreography, and were asked to memorize the new moves. The second group did strength training, endurance training and stretching.
The hippocampus area in our brain is the most prone to a decline in activity and increase in aging. This area is in charge of memory, balance and learning.
This study made an impacting finding that dancing, especially when followed with changes in choreography, is superior to any other repetitive physical activity. Dr. Rehfield also changed the music genres that they danced to, along with introducing new patterns, rhythms and steps that challenged the participants and made them activate their hippocampus area even more.
So, what about those that dance like they have two left feet?
The best advice is to focus on the music and let yourself go. Don’t think how others may perceive you, just do your own thing. Music alone has its many benefits — lifts us up and increases our happiness level.
Here’s a cute elderly couple dancing for inspiration ❤ Please share if you enjoyed!
Source: mind vs brain