Dancing and Your Brain

I have a secret, well, it’s not really a secret, but it’s something I do when there is no one else at home. This behavior began when I was a kid, and watched Soul Train on Saturdays every time the rest of the family left to go somewhere. How I get to dance now usually goes like this: the car will pull out of the driveway, I look to make sure it continues down the street; and then I run around the house like a mad woman, trying to decide what I’ll dance to. What mood am I in? Is it a Billy Idol day or a John Lee Hooker kind of day? Or, how about something else; I’ve been known to dance madly to Rob Zombie’s American Witch, or AC/DC’s You Shook Me All Night Long. But there is one thing that absolutely has to happen. I need to have the house to myself. Only then can I be the dancing maniac that I really am.

I don’t think that I’m alone in my dancing madness. I absolutely love to dance, and find that if I can do it on a regular basis I’m a lot happier. The surprising thing that I’ve found is that it can make you smarter, too. A study by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine
shows that dancing helps to make new neural paths. These paths are necessary for improving brain function and learning. Researchers have also found that dancing reduces stress; improves bone health, and helps in lessening depression. Dancing is also being used as therapy for people with illnesses such as Parkinson Disease.


So, have I been improving my brain function from dancing like a nut every chance I get, for years? Yes! I knew I was a making myself both smarter and giving myself a workout. Now, when did you people say you were leaving the house?


2 thoughts on “Dancing and Your Brain

  1. Thanks for sharing this. You may like some of my posts under the dance category on the right of my blog. I am a dancing maniac as well….but not just at home. I go out every Friday and often Saturday. For me it is heaven to connect with others in this way. I just go for it…..uninhibited.

    Happy dancing to you!


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