Dance Lessons Fort Atkinson WI
I don’t know but I’ve been told, If you keep on dancin’ you’ll never grow old…
By Lauren Tepper
I’m an addict. I can’t help it. Dance keeps me in shape, challenges my mind, enables me to express myself creatively and connects me to others. Though some telltale gray hairs provide a reality check, I still feel like a kid most of the time. Has dancing kept me young? Probably. Recruiting the faculties of body, mind, self-expression and social interaction all at once, dance has a unique combination of potent anti-aging properties.
That’s all icing on the cake for me. What keeps me hooked is that dance makes me feel more alive. Medical advances increase the average American lifespan, but doing something you feel passionate about makes a longer life worth living. Those who pursue their passions have more energy and vibrancy as they age; they almost seem to glow. So if dancing floats your boat, you’re in luck—because dance is about as close to the legendary fountain of youth as you can get with any one activity.
Sashay Your Way to Longevity
Research is scientifically illustrating what dancers have instinctively known since the first primal drumbeats compelled us to move with rhythm: Dancing turns back the clock both physically and mentally. Associate Professor Barbara Resnick at the University of Maryland School of Nursing linked dance to significant improvements in balance, flexibility, cardio-respiratory endurance and bone density in her 2003 study Elders Urged to ‘Dance to Your Heart’s Content.’ “Although the long-term physical benefits of dance are certainly of value, for many older adults, the immediate psychological benefit of exercise is even more important,” she writes. Social dancing in particular, such as ballroom or line dancing, “can result in increased communication, social engagement and positive feelings”—all of which add up to a more youthful outlook on life.
Ballroom dancing takes center stage for keeping the mind sharp, according to a study by Einstein College of Medicine published in the June 2003 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers found that of all physical a...