Hormesis, environment and lifestyle

“Hormesis as a mechanism responsible for the health benefits of a variety of lifestyle and environmental factors” – Mark P. Mattson

Kattenstroth and coauthors have recently shown that a regular schedule of multi-year amateur dancing in old age not only promotes posture and balance but also has a wide range of beneficial effects on reaction times, motor behavior, and tactile and cognitive performance compared to a matched non-dancer control group.

Tactile performance in dancers (intervention group, IG) versus non dancers (control group, CG)

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Source:

Kattenstroth, J. C., Kolankowska, I., Kalisch, T., & Dinse, H. R. (2010). Superior sensory, motor, and cognitive performance in elderly individuals with multi-year dancing activities. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 2.