Dancing can help to reverse signs of ageing, says study

A new study says that dancing can help slow down ageing in the brain in the elderly and also delay the start of age-related diseases like Alzheimer's.

The research showed that dancing is a powerful way to improve balancing which is important for social movement.

Impaired balance often results in falls, which leads to serious health problems and increase in health care costs.

For the study, the researchers studied elderly volunteers with an average age of 68 years who were either given an eighteen-month weekly course of learning dance routines or strength and flexibility training.

The fitness training programme included mainly repetitive exercises such as cycling or walking but the dance group included different dance forms such as Jazz, Square, Latin-American and Line Dance.

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