Kids dance joyfully and intuitively–but as adults, we aren’t quite as uninhibited. Even though dancing is fun and good for us.

Sure, dancing has aerobic benefits. But fact is, dancing helps us maximize brain function. Did you know that?

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that dancing was one of the activities that seemed to be associated with lower risk of dementia. Another study in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience found that dancing can provide greater volume in the brain’s hippocampus, which shows shrinkage in Alzheimer’s patients.

Dancing also has been shown to reduce loneliness, stress and depression.

So why not have a dance party for your brain? Even if you’re dancing by yourself.

Especially if you’re dancing by yourself!

Do you ever spontaneously dance when you’re by yourself? If you do, it’s a dance for brain health! so put on the BeeGees old song, “You Should be Dancing” and give it a few twirls. Or chair dance!

Here’s what else is good for your health: expressive writing about your disease. See our guided journals here.

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