Yoga and dance have also been found to be effective in increasing neurofitness. This may be surprising because they are not strictly seen as aerobic activities as we mentioned before. Sure, dance can be as strenuous as running, but part of the benefit with these modes of exercise is the ability to express emotions in a gratifying way. This is demonstrated by the fact that these modes do a lot to battle and prevent depression and anxiety. How often are we able to truly unplug, let go, express ourselves, or reflect upon our lives? The links are not 100 percent definitive, but the benefits have been documented time after time, so perhaps the “why” is not as important as the “how.” • Emotional wellness and calm is a train of thought that makes one think of mindfulness and meditation, and it turns out that these methods do provide some of the same avenues to brain boosting.
The restorative power of dance and yoga actually uncovers another rabbit hole we will dive into later: self-care.
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