Weight, Dizziness or Dementia? Shake it off with Dancing


Beyond from being a form of art, dancing is in fact a pleasurable exercise too. It is a workout that challenges body coordination, memory, and one’s artistic expression.  And if not everyone is at ease in particular dance there are plenty types such as contemporary hip-hop, ballroom, and folk to choose from.

Incorporating dancing in workouts like Zumba and Taebo is not surprising. This is because dynamics steps add excitement to usual counting and movement.  Apart from it the combination of music and people who are joining to a session, routine or production number are great factors to invigorate your interest to keep going and forget it’s all about work out.

According to Better Health Channel, dancing has many things to offer for everyone who like to groove.  Psychologically, it can boost self –esteem, mental functioning, and social skills. Physically it maybe the  activity for you  to  have better motor endurance, muscular strength or tone, flexibility,   heart and lungs condition, weight management, and balance.

Credit: Pixabay

Credit: Pixabay

If we observe dizziness is not a problem for dancers even they do several turns and pirouettes in one    dance number like Michael Jackson.   In Christopher Bergland’s, world-class endurance athlete and author,  article on  Psychology Today,  he shared the research called “The Neuroanatomical Correlates of Training-Related Perceptuo-Reflex Uncoupling in Dancers,” which discovered that long and intensive years of training  can help dancers to manage dizziness.

“Dizziness, which is the feeling that we are moving when in fact we are still, is a common problem. I see a lot of patients who have suffered from dizziness for a long time. Ballet dancers seem to be able to train themselves not to get dizzy, so we wondered whether we could use the same principles to help our patients,” Department of Medicine at Imperial doctor Barry Seemungal shared also on Bergland’s article.

“It’s not useful for a ballet dancer to feel dizzy or off balance. Their brains adapt over years of training to suppress that input. Consequently, the signal going to the brain areas responsible for perception of dizziness in the cerebral cortex is reduced, making dancers resistant to feeling dizzy. If we can target that same brain area or monitor it in patients with chronic dizziness, we can begin to understand how to treat them better.”

Meantime, Richard Powers revealed on socialdance.stanford.edu of Standford University that dancing also may make people smarter and stay away from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.  The historic and contemporary social dance teacher for than 40 years also shared the study of  the  New England Journal Medicine which proved that among  physical activities such as  swimming, bicycling, walking, doing  housework  and dancing, it’s only the latter that can help to prevent dementia.   It got 76 % score, which actually higher than cognitive activities like reading (35%) and playing crossword puzzles (47%).

“That was the greatest risk reduction of any activity studied, cognitive or physical,” Powers shared.

Of course these are just few of the studies that relate to benefits of Dancing, there are more to discover.  Meantime, it’s good time to wear your dancing shoes to finally shake it off your stress and boredom.

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