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Get rhythm to train your brain

To stay alert as we age, we should be taking the advice from Strictly to ‘Keep dancing…’ more literally, says a new study. Following volunteers aged 65-plus over 18 months, the study compared the effects of dancing with endurance training. The researchers found that while both had an anti-ageing effect, only the dancing led to a noticeable difference in hippocampal plasticity in our brains, which has a direct effect on improved balance. Researchers believe these results are down to the fact that dancing isn’t only about physical exertion, but also involves the challenge of learning a dance routine. Turn to p92 for toetapping ideas.

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Get clued up on everything veggie with our vegetarian special issue! Find out all you need to know about vegetarian nutrition and eating out, and try our nutritious and tasty recipes. Discover our healthy eating plan for before, during and after a hospital stay, and sort out problem hair with our expert guide to five main conditions. And we've got your winter fitness sorted with new ideas for exercising indoors. Plus, try this month's all-veggie diet planner, warming soups and an extract from Ching-He Huang's brand new book – it's all in this month's Healthy Food Guide.