Why you should rave into old age
As we shift into adulthood, a myriad of responsibilities can arise, taking us away from the dance floor. The stigma around raving into old age is still pretty strong in our society, and may be one of the reasons you don’t see so many mature ravers.
A 2017 survey found that the average age for UK ravers to hang up their dancing shoes is 31, which is not actually very old at all. However, partying when you’re a bit older can be very beneficial, and here’s why…
FEEL GOOD FACTOR
Dancing triggers the release of feel good hormones in the brain, including beta-endorphin and oxytocin, which are crucial for mood enhancement. It has been proven to counter the impact of old age on the hippocampus, the part of the brain connected to memory and learning.
BOOST COGNITIVE CAPABILITIES
According to Dr Peter Lovatt, author of ‘The Dance Cure: The surprising secret to being smarter, stronger, happier’, dancing “freestyle” improves cognitive function and problem solving. This connection between mind and body is essential as we move into older age.
For some people, getting older can mean less mobility and physical exertion. Getting out there on the dance floor will help keep your bones, muscles and joints healthy through consistent movement. Similarly, the cardiovascular system benefits greatly from a good old stomp.
SOCIAL MOBILITY & COHESION
As we get older, our kids (if you have them) grow up and move out, social circles can diminish, older relatives pass on and there’s a risk of social isolation. Getting immersed in the club community restores the essential sense of connection we all need to feel human, bringing greater feelings of contentment.
Though there might be a stigma attached to raving in our twilight years, simply enjoying yourself, regardless of what others may think, is a surefire way to boost your mood. Putting everything else to one side, As we get old our love of music doesn’t just die. So why would you not do the thing that makes you happy?
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