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Staying Healthy Over 60 With Dance

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on August 14, 2014 at 8:00 AM

seniors_dancing_staying_healthyBoogie down. Cut a rug. Shake your groove thing. Call it whatever you like, but dancing shouldn’t just be reserved for celebratory occasions. Dancing provides so many mental and physical advantages that it would make a great addition to your fitness routine.

If you’re interested in getting more cardiovascular activity without having to take up jogging on a treadmill, then dancing might just be the fitness shake-up you need. Not only can it provide a fun workout, dancing can also improve mental health and be a great opportunity for socialization. Plus, it’s fun!

If you’re still not ready to turn on some music, here are our top three reasons dancing is good for your body and mind. 

3 Reasons Dancing is Good for Your Body

  1. Low-impact cardio. Unlike high-impact exercises like running or jumping that can cause joint pain, dancing can be modified to be as low-impact as you need. You can get a great cardiovascular workout without putting too much stress on your joints. 
  2. Muscle toning. Dance movements can awaken muscles you don’t often use, leading to a full body workout. Having better muscle tone can improve balance and posture, reducing your risk of falls or clumsy accidents. 
  3. Increased stamina. Since dancing is a cardiovascular activity, the workout it provides can increase your stamina for basic daily activities like shopping or stair climbing. 

3 Reasons Dancing is Good for Your Mind

  1. Improved memory. Learning new dance steps can boost your brain health and improve cognitive function, according to a study from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. 
  2. Opportunities for socialization. While dancing doesn’t have to be done in a group or a class, the potential for socialization can also be good for your mental health. Companionship and camaraderie can help ward off loneliness and other symptoms that can lead to depression.  
  3. The advantage of endorphins. Moving your body and increasing your heart rate releases endorphins that are great for improving your mood. Take advantage of these happy brain chemicals and enjoy a natural high. 

How to Add Dancing into Your Fitness Routine

When it really comes down to it, all you need to add dancing to your fitness routine is some space and possibly a little music. However, if you’re looking to join a more structured dance class, this post has some great ideas. 

If dance classes aren’t readily available in your area, try checking out YouTube for some quick tutorials you can follow. You could even put together your very own dance group!

Need help getting back into a regular fitness regime? Check out our guide “Remaining Active: How to Begin a Regular Exercise Routine!”

Remaining Active Older Adults

Topics: staying healthy, remaining active, staying healthy over 60

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