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Scottish country dancing: Key to eternal youth?

New research by the University of Cumbria reveals Scottish country dancing is beneficial to the health of older women and can help to delay the ageing process.

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Scottish country dancing beneficial to the health of older women

New research has found that Scottish country dancing can delay the ageing process Credit: ITV News Border

New research by the University of Cumbria has found that, not only is Scottish country dancing is beneficial to the health of older women, but that it can help to delay the ageing process.

The university's Active Ageing Research Group published its recent findings in the 'Journal of Aging and Physical Activity'.

Researchers found that this type of physical activity can delay the ageing process on 'locomotion-related activities' in older women and can benefit their functional ability.

The team worked with the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow on the paper.

They analysed data from women aged between 60 and 80, who had taken part in Scottish country dancing for at least ten years, and their ability to perform day-to-day tasks in comparison to non-dancers of the same age group.

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