We all need physical activity, even when we get older. So if you have been trying to figure out what kind of exercise best suits your lifestyle, why not speak to your doctor about joining a dance class? If you have never thought about it before, here are 3 reasons they are a good option for seniors.
- It could be good for your cardiovascular health. Dancing, like more traditional forms of aerobic exercise, can help prevent or manage heart conditions. A study of waltz dancing in patients with stable chronic heart failure stated that the dance "is safe and able to improve functional capacity".
- Moving to the music can help with depression or other unpleasant moods. The pleasant sounds, the body movements, and the social atmosphere may give you a significant boost emotionally. A weekly dance class would give you something positive to look forward to on a regular basis.
- Last but definitely not least, dancing is associated with a lower risk of dementia. Whether it's because of the need for coordination, quick decision-making, or something else, moving to music works your body as well as your brain.
Along with the benefits above, you might make some new friends in the process. After you get the okay from your doctor, check with your local senior center to see if they offer a class. Even if they don't offer one themselves, they might have a list of helpful resources.
At Caring Senior Service, our expert staff is comprised of extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and trusted professionals who take pride in helping your loved one manage their daily activities. Contact us today to learn more!