Why Dance?

Dance is an inspirational performance art form. It is an enjoyable health promoting physical activity which many people worldwide incorporate in their lifestyles today. But it is not only about physical health and fitness it also contributes to your mental health, your happiness, and subsidizes social communications. We will explore together the emotional and mental health benefits of dancing, know more about dance science, and discover the secret way of happiness.

 A bulk of research is dedicated to the emotional benefits of dance. Dance improves brain function on a variety of levels. Two recent studies show how different types of practice allow dancers to achieve peak performance by blending cerebral and cognitive though process with muscle memory and ‘proprioception’ held in the cerebellum. Conclusion: Synchronizing the Cerebrum and Cerebellum Creates Superfluidity.

Also, In a study conducted in Poland, mood was assessed before and after dance activity among competitive and recreational dancers. While the competitive dancers were admittedly just as stressed as any athlete practicing their thing, the recreational dancers reported higher energy, less tension, and a better, more creative mood than before.

Dancing can also help eliminate depression more than aerobic exercise. Another study, found that women who had been diagnosed and treated for breast cancer experienced an increase in life satisfaction and an extreme decrease in depression symptoms when they participated in dance therapy, compared to a control group.

Dancing was the only activity of the 11 studied that lowered the risk of dementia by at least 76 percent.

Many hospitals, rehab facilities, and community centers offer dance therapy or Dance/movement therapy (DMT). That focuses on the foundation of meeting built through shared intersubjective experiences, and this make US living, sensitive, and creative human beings.

And because everything in this world has its pros and cons, there are dance risks that you may face. Since dance is a performance art with emphasis on aesthetic dancers are also at a high risk of body image problems and eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia. But you can control these risks by our knowledge about dance science and medicine. It is the scientific study of dance and dancers, as well as the practical application of scientific principles to dance. Its aims are the enhancement of performance, the reduction of injury, and the improvement of well-being  and health. It dates back to the 1970s and 80s, growing out of the field of Sports Medicine. Dance science as an academic discipline that has been evolving over the past 20 years. There are several universities in the US and UK also offer dance science courses in their dance curriculum, accommodating both undergraduate and graduate level student. 

There are so many different types of dance (salsa, cha-cha, ballet, hip-hop, flamenco,etc…), just try to find a style that suits you in terms of intensity (high-or low-impact, fast or slow), difficulty level, type of music you like, and whether you prefer to dance with or without a partner. Have a good spirit. 😉

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Besides, dancing is a great way to spend a quality time with your partner or meet new people if don’t have partner.

Dance is the happiness trick. It is an investment in your mind, body, and soul. When it becomes habit it can foster your sense of self-worth and make you feel strong and powerful. You’ll feel about your appearance and, by meeting even small dance goals, you’ll feel a sense of achievement, it will enhance your mood to the best. It will make loss yourself and find yourself at the same time.

So you do not have to be a teen (or a professional dancer) to reap the benefits. Dance for all. Just dance to express not to impress.

 If that still seems intimidating, don’t despair. Even just a few minutes of physical activity is better than none at all. If dance be food of happiness, dance on! Don’t miss a chance to dance. 

References :

https://www.google.com.eg/search?q=dance+therapy&tbm=isch&prmd=ivbn&source=lnms&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi_1-qF6KrOAhXI0xoKHUdWDG8Q_AUICCgB&biw=320&bih=452&dpr=1.5#tbm=isch&q=dance+therapy+quotes&imgrc=sz9RIM8DrAOAHM%3A

https://www.google.com.eg/search?client=ms-android-huawei&q=psychological+benefits+of+dancing&oq=physcological+benefits+of+dancing&aqs=mobile-gws-lite.0.0l2

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dance_science

http://www.med.nyu.edu/hjd/harkness/students/dance-medicine-science-career

http://www.berkeleywellness.com/fitness/active-lifestyle/article/many-health-benefits-dancing

http://www.prevention.com/mind-body/emotional-health/dancing-shown-help-boost-happiness-and-mental-health

The Mental & Emotional Benefits of Dancing

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/dance-health-benefits

https://www.inverse.com/article/7861-science-explains-why-dancing-is-the-fast-way-to-make-yourself-happier

I hope you were stuffed with loads of useful information.

Thank you.

And do not forget to smile. 🙂

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Biotechnology revolution (Ageing in humans)

Is it true that scientists have achieved successful results on controlling human aging? If you are interested to know the answer, just grab a cup of tea and go on reading.

The key is GENE THERAPY. Scientists spent a long time working on this issue, it took them loads of effort to reach the goal.

“Wouldn’t it be better for society if people could be healthy and productive for a longer period during their lifetime?” Morimoto said in the statement.

Scientists firstly started working on nonhumans, until they claimed that all Genetic modifications in other species have not achieved as great a lifespan extension as have been seen forC. elegans. Drosophila melanogasterlifespan has been doubled. And that was the first successfully achievement on nonhumans.

Afterwards, they started working on humans. Researchers in Japan have found that human aging may be able to be delayed or even reversed, at least at the most basic level of human cell lines. In the process, the scientists from the University of Tsukuba also found that regulation of two genes is related to how we age. And finally most intriguing, the team led by Professor Jun-Ichi Hayashi was able to flip the switches on a few genes back to their youthful position, effectively reversing the aging process.

The researchers came to this conclusion by comparing the function level of the mitochondria in fibroblast cell lines from children under 12 years of age to those of elderly people between 80 and 97. As expected, the older cells had reduced cellular respiration, but the older cells did not show more DNA damage than those from children. This discovery led the team to propose that the reduced cellular function is tied to epigenetic regulation, changes that alter the physical structure of DNA without affecting the DNA sequence itself, causing genes to be turned on or off.

To test the theory, the researchers found two genes associated with mitochondrial function and essentially experimented with turning them on or off. In doing so, they were able to create defects or restore cellular respiration. These two genes regulate glycine, an amino acid, production in mitochondria, and in one of the more promising findings, a 97-year-old cell line saw its cellular respiration restored after the addition of glycine for 10 days.

The researches’ findings were published on May 27th, 2015 the journal Scientific Reports.

Recently, The CEO of Bioviva USA Inc, Elizabeth Parrish, claims to be the first human in world history to have successfully reversed the effects of natural ageing – thanks to experimental gene therapy provided by her company.

Originally meant to prove that her company’s gene therapy was safe, the results – should they prove to be effective in the long-term and withstand due scientific scrutiny – would be the very first successful demonstration of telomere lengthening in any human.

“Current therapeutics offer only marginal benefits for people suffering from diseases of ageing. Additionally, lifestyle modification has limited impact for treating these diseases. Advances in biotechnology is the best solution, and if these results are anywhere near accurate, we’ve made history,” Parrish notes.

To that end, even Parrish is clear tha investigation is necessary in order to verify the methods; however, if verified, this work will be revolutionary.

References:

http://newatlas.com/reversal-of-aging-human-cell-lines/37721/

http://futurism.com/bioviva-tests-gene-therapy-to-reverse-biological-aging/

http://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-claim-they-ve-completed-the-first-successful-gene-therapy-against-human-ageing

For extra information you can visit:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetics_of_aging

I hope you were stuffed with loads of useful information.

Thank you.

And do not forget to smile. 🙂 

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