Why Boomers and Seniors should add Dancing to Their Fitness Lifestyle/ Reason #3 Balance

Posted in Blog by bporte
20 Apr 2013

Dancing is a great way to improve your balance.  Balance is a skill, just like any other, and if you don’t use it, you lose it.  As we get older, the risk of falling becomes very serious, and major fractures are extremely dangerous.  Maybe your joints are stiffer than they used to be, or your vision is not as reliable; these are reasons to put on your dancing shoes rather than avoid them.  Even if you use mobility aids like canes, walkers, rollators, or wheelchairs, dancing regularly can help you develop muscular stability and confidence on your feet.

What kind of dancing do you enjoy?

 

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

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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.

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5 Reasons Why Boomers and Seniors Should Add Dancing to Their Fitness Lifestyle/ Reason #1

Posted in Blog by bporte
29 Mar 2013

Who doesn’t love to dance?  Even those of us with “two left feet” like to tear up the dance floor every once in a while.  However, if you dance regularly, it can not only be fun, but also great for your health.  Here’s some reasons why you shouldn’t be a wallflower:  You have an excuse to listen to all of your favorite music!  In the January, 2013 issue of Psychology Today, music has a powerful effect on exercisers.  It delays fatigue, alleviates soreness, and elevates the mood.  Keeping pace with musical rhythms when dancing is a great way to pace yourself so that you can keep enjoying yourself.  Music also motivates exercisers to return to their workouts regularly, so that keeping fit becomes a habit.  Whether you like jazz, the hits of Broadway, disco, or Motown, the positive associations you have with your favorite music can help turn you from an occasional exerciser into a frequent one.

 

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

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