Hate the weight room or swimming those endless laps? Try dancing instead! No matter the style, dancing builds strength and stamina, and is so much FUN!
As we age, we deserve to do the things we love…and exercise often ISN’T one of them! Lose the excuses and consider the benefits of dance:
- “Oh, my aching joints!” We all know what it feels like to get out of bed in the morning. And the truth is, the best thing for those joints is to move them. Consider a low-impact dance course for a few weeks, and you’ll probably be hooked! It’s a proven fact that this will often decrease your need for pain medication as well. So, save on the pills and invest in a good pair of dancing shoes!
- “Dancing? Not with my two left feet!” There are ALL types of dance. If the Jitterbug is a little much, try the Waltz. Studies show that dancing significantly increases a senior’s strength and balance…and you’ll be out there doing the Texas Two-Step in no time!
- “My heart just can’t take it!” If your doctor says “NO,” then the answer is no. But dancing actually improves cardiovascular stamina and no equipment is needed! It’s also a proven method for lowering blood pressure, weight, and cholesterol.
- “I’m just not in the mood.” Mental health is perhaps the MOST important benefit of dancing. A dance class typically results in less anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Studies even show that dancing is effective in staving of dementia in seniors, due to the great combination of cardiovascular and neural energy it takes!
International Country Music Day is Sept. 17, and National Dance Day is Sept. 18. So, grab your partner and do-si-do! You’ve got some dancing to do!