A new report by the University of Cumbria and the University of Strathclyde has claimed that Scottish country dancing can delay the ageing process.
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 university's Active Ageing Research Group published its recent findings in the 'Journal of Aging and Physical Activity'.
But what other health benefits are there in this type of dance?
Scottish country dancing can:
- burn between 390-425 calories in a typical dance session - the same as you would burn playing badminton or golfing while carrying your bag
- help to prevent diseases like diabetes, heart disease and arthritis - regularly taking part in any form moderate exercise can also help to reduce your chances of getting these
- help to prevent degenerative diseases like Alzheimer's - the need to be co-ordinated and keep up with timings keeps your brain engaged
- build bone density, core strength and agility
- reduce stress and improve your mood