“For centuries, dance manuals and other writings have lauded the health benefits of dancing, usually as physical exercise. More recently we’ve seen research on further health benefits of dancing, such as stress reduction and increased serotonin level, with its sense of well-being. Then most recently we’ve heard of another benefit: Frequent dancing apparently makes us smarter. A major study added to the growing evidence that stimulating one’s mind can ward off Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia, much as physical exercise can keep the body fit.
Dancing also increases cognitive acuity at all ages.
One of the surprises of the study was that almost NONE of the physical activities appeared to offer any protection against dementia. There can be cardiovascular benefits of course, but the focus of this study was the mind.
There was one important exception: the only physical activity to offer protection against dementia was frequent dancing.
Reading – 35% reduced risk of dementia
Bicycling and swimming – 0%
Doing crossword puzzles at least four days a week – 47%
Playing golf – 0%
Dancing frequently – 76%.
WHY IS DANCING FREQUENTLY SO MUCH MORE EFFECTIVE THAN OTHER ACTIVITIES?
Because dancing (ZUMBA FITNESS) is an activity which require split-second rapid-fire decision making, as opposed to rote memory (retracing the same well-worn paths)
THAT’S WHY A ZUMBA FITNESS CLASS IS SO GOOD FOR YOU -EVEN IF YOU FIND IT CHALLENGING. DON’T GIVE UP! DON’T QUIT! KEEP CHALLENGING YOUR BRAIN AND YOU’LL STAY YOUNG AND BRAIN FIT.
IT’S NOT ROTE MEMORY DANCING WHERE YOU KNOW EVERY STEP. YOU MUST KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE INSTRUCTOR, CLOSELY WATCH MY ARMS, FEET AND MIMIC MY STEPS. THEN YOU CAN ADD YOUR OWN PERSONALITY TO THE MOVES AND CREATE YOUR OWN STYLE.
IT’S SPLIT-SECOND RAPID FIRE DECISION MAKING – AS THE RHYTHMS AND STEPS VARY WITH EACH SONG. YOU’RE WATCHING ME CLOSELY, FOLLOWING ME AND CHANGING DIRECTION AND/OR STEPS QUICKLY.
That’s It! you’ve got it!
Zumba Gold Fitness classes are slower, no intense twists and turns and fewer dance steps. And you still have to focus and learn.