Aging doesn’t mean you have to slow down. Staying active keeps your mind and body healthy. While many older adults turn to walking, yoga, golf, and other activities to keep themselves active, there is another fun activity seniors should consider as part of their exercise routine: Dancing!
At Silverstone Living, we are passionate about pursuing holistic wellness as part of healthy living and healthy aging and know that there are life-changing benefits of active senior living. As with other forms of exercise, dance benefits seniors in many ways like physical exercise, mental stimulation, and socialization. Dancing is a fun way to protect your mind and stay physically healthy.
The Benefits of Dance
The health benefits of dancing are plentiful for older adults. Take a look:
Improved Cardiovascular Health
Dance is a gentle way to exercise, as it is enjoyable and exciting. It might not even feel like exercise, but dance provides low-impact cardio. It can produce many of the same cardiovascular and pulmonary benefits as more traditional exercises, like walking or biking.
Enhanced Strength and Endurance
Dance builds muscle as you move your body in a variety of directions, requiring muscles to bear weight in a new way. Over time, muscular endurance improves, and you’ll be able to dance for longer periods of time. Increased strength and endurance can help individuals confidently complete daily tasks without worrying about injury or falls.
The health benefits of dancing include your brain, too! Dance not only requires physical movement, but a dancing person’s body must coordinate with their brain to follow a routine. As a result, memorizing steps and moving fluidly through a dance increases brain activity and improves cognitive function.
An enjoyable exercise activity like dancing can boost energy levels throughout the day. Physical activity increases feel-good chemicals in the brain like endorphins and serotonin that can improve energy. Consider mixing up different types of dances from day to day to keep yourself intrigued. Increased energy is just another benefit of active senior living!
Dancing the Blues Away
There is a strong connection between physical health and mental well-being. Regular physical activity aids mental health due to the emphasis on mind and body connection.
Dancing, along with other forms of exercise, can reduce depression and ease feelings of anxiety for older adults. One study found that the benefits of movement and dance included increased quality of life and interpersonal skills while at the same time lowering depression and anxiety of participants.
Strong Social Connections
Dancing is a fun social activity. Whether it be a dance class with friends or a swing dancing party with neighbors, meeting people with similar interests and hobbies is fun. Increasing socialization through dance is a great way to get to know people around you. Dancing with others can keep you accountable, provide enjoyment, and can even improve mental wellness.
Improved physical abilities from dance and the resulting sharpened cognition allow you to feel confident about yourself and the world around you. When you reach to play with grandkids or decide to go for a walk with friends, knowing you can confidently complete a physical task can be an exciting benefit from any form of exercise.
Put on Your Dancing Shoes & Give Dance a Try!
Dancing might seem challenging at first, but it is truly a gentle and fun way to increase overall activity. Connect with neighbors and invite them to dance with you. You never know what benefits may come from it!
Silverstone Living offers dance classes and dance-related social activities as part of the monthly activities calendar in our luxury senior living communities. We hope these health benefits have encouraged you to give dancing a try.