Dr.Kathy Johnson, PhD, CMC
Constant movement and exercise is important, but sometimes doing the same things everyday can become mundane. Dancing is one way to spice up your movement and also doubles as exercise. Try dancing the Tango if you are feeling spicy, or the Waltz if you are looking for something a little less flamboyant!
Dr. Kevin O’Neil, Director of Brookdale Senior Living, says that, “dancing strengthens bones and muscles, improves posture and balance, increases stamina and flexibility, builds confidence, reduces stress and tension, brings joy, and – it’s widely reported – improves quality of life. Most notably, dancing has been found to help prevent illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, depression, and osteoporosis.”
Ballroom dancing is not only fun but it can help you stay healthy! For instance, the Waltz is a safe exercise for patients who have suffered a heart attack or have heart disease. A study done by Romualdo Belardinelli, M.D., lead author of a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions, “showed that arteries and cardiac fibers became more elastic after regular dancing “workouts” – in other words, the heart was stimulated in a good way.”
Other added benefits to ballroom dancing more than twice a week are that you are less likely to develop dementia. Additionally, the Argentine Tango can improve mobility better than a regular exercise class, especially for those who suffer from Parkinson’s disease.
You have seen the likes of Buzz Aldrin, Cloris Leachman and Florence Henderson make their way onto the television show, Dancing with the Stars, and they are actually quite good! Use this as motivation and remember it’s never too late to start dancing!