Dance Pizazz Offers Advice on How to get Smarter as New Year's Resolution for 2015

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This New Year Dance Pizazz urges people to resolve to get smarter. When most people think about benefits of dancing, they think of health benefits such as strength, endurance, flexibility or even a sense of well being but one main benefits of dancing is it makes people smarter

Difficult classes are actually more helpful in developing more neural pathways than easier ones, in turn making people smarter.

When most people think about benefits of dancing, they think of health benefits such as strength, endurance, flexibility or even a sense of well being according to About.com. Recently it has been discovered that dancing actually makes people smarter. In fact according to the New England Journal of Medicine the only physical activity to protect against dementia is frequent dancing. For example, reading reduced dementia by 35%, bicycling and swimming 0%, crossword puzzles 47%, playing golf 0% and dancing often 76%. In summary, dancing had the most impact of reducing dementia even in comparison to the non-physical activities.

According to Stanford dancing has the following mental benefits:

1.Neuroplasticity- Participation in dancing which is a mentally challenging activity stimulates synapses, which in turn keeps rewiring the neural pathways as needed.
2. Aging and Memory- As our brain cells die and synapses weaken we lose our basic connecting pathways, like those used to remember names. So it is recommended to create as many neural pathways as possible. Dancing helps to keep the connections coming.
3. Intelligence- When the brain evaluates several viable options and chooses one, this cognitive process is considered to be intelligence. When a dancer is leading on the dance floor at each moment he is choosing what step to lead next. Dancing takes intelligence.

Intelligence is linked to not just making decisions, but making fast decisions while learning something new. Don't worry about using it again but challenge your mind to generate the development of new neural pathways. Difficult classes are actually better than easier ones and they create even more a need for more pathways. This can easily be done my learning something new. So this year when people are trying to decide what New Year's Resolution to do, Dance Pizazz is urging individuals to resolve to get smarter.

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