Talented Dancers Pull Off Elaborate Boogying Prank
Cailyn Finkel 12/6/2018
As we get older, it's easy to get stuck in our ways and resist being active. Instead, we hide away in our homes and only do the things that make us feel comfortable like watching television and cooking up some scrumptious meals. But sometimes, just sometimes, it's good to get out of our comfort zone!
We need to feel the rush adrenaline flowing through our veins and the thumping of our beating heart in our chest. They remind us that we're alive, that the world is still filled with endless possibilities.
Fortunately, one older woman was here to show us that age is just a number - and she did so while dancing her heart out. Not even the youngins in the crowd could keep up with her breathtaking moves. Everyone had to stop what they were doing to watch the 92-year-old boogie across the dancefloor.
But the dancer had a huge surprise up her sleeve...
Kathrin Rehfeld was the leader of a study that followed adults 65 and older for 18 months. Roughly half of the participants attended weekly dance classes. There, they learned choreography, dance technique and worked with other dancers their age. Meanwhile, the other half worked out at a gym doing standard exercises meant to benefit the elderly.
"Exercise has the beneficial effect of slowing down or even counteracting age-related decline in mental and physical capacity. We show that two different types of physical exercise (dancing and endurance training) both increase the area of the brain that declines with age. In comparison, it was only dancing that lead to noticeable behavioral changes in terms of improved balance.
I believe that everybody would like to live an independent and healthy life, for as long as possible. Physical activity is one of the lifestyle factors that can contribute to this, counteracting several risk factors and slowing down age-related decline. I think dancing is a powerful tool to set new challenges for body and mind, especially in older age."
Dancing is an easy way for people to stay active, both in the mind and the body! That's what the "elderly" woman here wanted to show everyone. There's no reason to give up on life because you've celebrated a fair share of birthdays!