Why Boomers and Seniors Should Add Dancing to Their Fitness Lifestyle/ Reason #2

Posted in Blog by bporte
6 Apr 2013

Dancing might be safer for your joints than running or cycling.  If you have any joint issues, like arthritis, bursitis, or osteoporosis, you might have been told by a doctor or a medical professional that repetitive movements can exacerbate your symptoms.  When many of us think of cardiovascular exercise (of which everybody needs at least 30 minutes most days of the week), we think of running or cycling.  However, running and cycling require very repetitive movements in the hips, knees, and ankles.  Dancing gets your heart rate up, and treats your joints to a wide variety of movement patterns.  The variety of movements will help to exercise your joints without irritating them.

What kind of dancing do you enjoy?

by Christine Washburn ACSM CPT/CIFT, M. Ed.