At Arthur Murray studios, we know that social dancing carries a number of health benefits beyond the “high fun quotient” of moving to the groove. Study after study has shown that dance can elevate fitness levels, help fight depression, increase mental alacrity, and improve cardiovascular health.
New research conducted by the School of Science and Health at the University of Western Sydney, Austrailia is going a step further, so to speak. They’re investigating whether participation in social dancing reduces the number of falls and improves cognitive function associated with fall risk in older people.
We thought this was a neat way to incorporate a novel approach to balance training for older people. Dance offers people an opportunity for greater social engagement and healthy aging. We’ll keep you posted on their results. In the mean time, keep on dancing!