Shake Shake Shake
Shake Shake Shake
Shake Your Booty, Shake Your Booty
-KC and The Sunshine Band
Shake Your Groove Thing
Shake Your Groove Thing Yeah Yeah
Show ‘em how we do it now
-Peaches and Herb
You probably know where this is going.
Henry Wayne “K.C.” Casey and Richard Finch wrote those inspiring “Shake Shake Shake” lyrics for their Sunshine Band while Dino Fekaris and Freddie Perren penned the equally deep and thoughtful “Shake Your Grove Thing” for Peaches and Herb. Were they aware of the heart and brain health benefits of rhythmic choreographed movement?
A recent study at the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology monitored a group of women for a period of eight years. Some of the women were essentially sedentary; others performed some form of regular exercise. The researchers sorted the exercises into 16 groups. The women who danced regularly had a rather surprising 73% lower incidence of incurring a disability. (Disabilities were defined as an injury that resulted in needing assistance in performing one or more activities of daily living (ADL), specifically walking, eating, toilet, bathing or dressing). No other exercise form produced notable results in preventing injuries.
From lead author Yosuke Osuka, PhD:
…dancing requires not only balance, strength, and endurance ability, but also cognitive ability, adaptability and concentration to move according to the music and partner, artistry for graceful and fluid motion, and memory for choreography. We think that these various elements may contribute to the superiority of dancing…
We summarized some other research on this topic earlier which you can find here: Dance Your *** Off; Grow a Bigger Brain.
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