We get up on the dance floor and try to synchronize our bodies to the rhythm of the music. The toe taps, wrist flicks, and questionable twerking are transformed into a graceful physical performance. The brain is able to orchestrate these movements, signaling our joints when and how to move. There are several neural mechanisms related to dance that can offer insight into the human brain and how it’s able to execute such coordinated behaviors.
The Brain In Motion
Such exquisite body movement is a marvel to witness in both a physical and psychological way.
The Benefits of Dancing
1. Forever Young. Dancing is tremendously beneficial
in keeping us young. It retards the aging process immensely. It benefits our
heart, cardiovascular system and increases our lung
capacity. Fact: The muscle exertion and breathing rates of dancers
performing in one dance competition is equivalent to those of cyclists,
swimmers and an Olympic-level 800-meter runner.
2. Strong Bones Lubricated Joints. Dance aids in the
prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, which is a major concern for woman,
especially during post-menopause because of the significant drop in estrogen
that occurs at this stage.