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Dancing Benefits Many Aspects of Health



Dancing is Good for You

An American medical journal summary shows dancing increases cognitive acuity at all ages. This split-second rapid-fire decision making activity integrates several brain functions at once — kinaesthetic, rational, musical, and emotional — further increasing your neural connectivity. Yes, dancing makes you smarter!

Like other forms of play, [dancing] can reduce stress, get us moving, help us spend quality time with loved ones and friends, and improve our coordination, mobility, and flexibility. If you're learning a particularly complex set of steps or moves, dancing requires concentration and memorisation. If you're dancing with a partner, your brain has to anticipate the other's movements and respond accordingly. This all works out to exercise for your brain and your body.

Excepted from an article on the popular and respected American health website, Mark's Daily Apple. After all, to dance is human!

Health Studies of Scottish Country Dancing

Due to the effects of lifestyle differences accumulating throughout life, culminating in the senior years, medical research is often done on older people. The links to health studies below at first reading may seem to discriminate against men and young people. This is merely a quirk of the way research is done and the language involved. From the above, obviously, those that start young, reap more enjoyment and health benefits as the years slip step by. Anyone going to a student dance can immediately feel the presence of an exorbitant amount of energy being emitted. Please ignore the replete biases as you read this information — with a pinch of salt!

  • Two Scottish university studies prove Scottish Country Dancing is good for your agility, strength, mental alertness and psychosocial health.
  • Researcher Sabita Stewart, at another Scottish university, measured the stresses that pass through lower limbs when performing the Scottish Country Dance pas-de-basque step. As reported in the press, steps that strengthen bones as setting doubles body weight carried by the legs. Sabita delivered her findings at the 8th World Congress of Active Ageing.
    RSCDS Members' Magazine, April 2009, page 24
  • An English university study showed Scottish Country Dancing not only improves social and mental well-being, but also combats the deterioration of the nervous system, delaying the ageing process.