Dancing Lights Up


Put on your cha cha shoes and get ready to dance with me in today’s 20-minute brain-boosting dance workout. 

Research shows that dancing enhances parts of the brain that are critical for memory.

One study even discovered that dancing is associated with 76% reduced risk of dementia.

According to an article posted by Harvard…

“Synchronizing music and movement—dance, essentially—constitutes a ‘pleasure double play.’ Music stimulates the brain’s reward centers, while dance activates its sensory and motor circuits.

A 2003 study in the New England Journal of Medicine by researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine discovered that dance can decidedly improve brain health. The study investigated the effect leisure activities had on the risk of dementia.

The researchers looked at the effects of 11 different types of physical activity, including cycling, golf, swimming, and tennis, but found that only one of the activities studied—dance—lowered participants’ risk of dementia.

According to the researchers, dancing involves both a mental effort and social interaction and that this type of stimulation helped reduce the risk of dementia.