If This Recent Study on Anti-Ageing Is Right, Beyoncé Will Be Young Forever
There's a myriad tried and tested models that promise effective results as we search for ways to slow down the ageing process. From fancy elixirs that guarantee a youthful glow, to specific eating regiments that are thought to prevent our body ageing. But, in a recent research article published by the Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, there's an exercise regimen that we can finally get behind that's thought to reduce the signs of brain ageing: Dancing. And yes, we did a little shimmy when we read this, too.
While it's not new information that exercise provides positive side effects to keep our brain and body sharp, in the study, when comparing different forms of exercise, it was found that dancing showed the most noticeable results.
The research used participants who averaged the age of 68 were assigned different workout regiments for a period of 18 months. This included dance routines or endurance and flexibility training. And while positive anti-ageing results appeared for both groups of participants, the dancing cohort showed the most distinct results. Researchers believing that this came down to the need to memorise choreography.
"We tried to provide our seniors in the dance group with constantly changing dance routines of different genres (Jazz, Square, Latin-American, and Line Dance). Steps, arm-patterns, formations, speed, and rhythms were changed every second week to keep them in a constant learning process. The most challenging aspect for them was to recall the routines under the pressure of time and without any cues from the instructor," says Dr. Kathrin Rehfeld, lead author in the study.
The best part of this whole study? Now, the researchers are in the process of devising a new type of workout, which they're dubbing a "Jymmin", a jamming and gymnastic combo if you will. And, if you ask us, that seems way more fun than a sweat session on the treadmill, so, we're in. We'll see you on the dancefloor, (in runners) mimicking Beyoncé's Single Ladies moves, of course.