Put on your blue suede shoes because you want to dance with somebody! Researchers have done several studies on the benefits of dancing and they conclude that tearing up the dance floor at any age can have health benefits.
For example, one study published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, set out to evaluate the health benefits of dancing in older adults, including those who had health conditions as well as those considered healthy. The study analyzed 18 articles of research from around the world, including North America, South America, Europe and Asia. It also looked at all forms of dancing – ballroom, contemporary, pop, jazz and cultural. It concluded that balance, muscular strength, endurance and other aspects of functional fitness in older adults can be improved with dance, regardless of the style.
In terms of mental health, another study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, looked at various leisure activities that might be associated with a lower risk of dementia. It found that dancing – along with reading, playing board games and playing musical instruments – were associated with a lower risk of dementia. Even though the study did not conclude that dancing and other activities can protect someone from getting dementia, the evidence was compelling and researchers suggest the topic should be explored more.
Another project conducted by the Queensland University of Technology and the Queensland Ballet examined the health and wellness benefits in adults who participated in ballet over three months. Older adults who participated in 10 “ballet for seniors” classes over that time frame were found to have
“higher energy levels, greater flexibility, improved posture, and an enhanced sense of achievement. They also felt happier and enjoyed a sense of community and friendship.”
So even if you don’t have “moves like Jagger,” you can still twist and shout, do the loco-motion, vogue, or even bust a move for some healthy benefits!
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