Dancing: The Answer to Beating Age?
Dance scientist, Dr Emma Redding, advises that some of the best medicine for lowering the risk of falls and injuries is regular dancing.
Older people are at a greater risk of falling due to muscle deterioration and trouble balancing. This can be countered with regular exercise to keep muscles strong and movements limber.
Slow, steady dances such as the tango or ballroom dancing provide exercise for cores, joints and stabilising muscles, all of which contribute to sturdy balance.
With structured dance routines you will be aware of your muscles and movements. The repetition of doing them over and over until the routine is perfected is akin to the reps of resistance training.
Nasty falls are the biggest reason for emergency hospital admissions for pensioners in Britain. But whereas you might think that staying off your feet is a way of cutting out the issue, this would mean that your muscles are not getting the exercise they need to stay string, which in turn could lead to your strength and fitness weakening.
Spicing Up Boring Routines
Sometimes the secret to exercise is to trick yourself into not realising you are doing it.
Exercise: you know why and how regularly it needs to be done. Without it and a healthy, balanced diet the body weakens from muscle atrophy, bone density diminishes and energy levels sink so that it can have a knock on effect on other aspects of your health. As well as stiffness, soreness and aches, the lack of activity can leave you feeling gloomy and feeling trapped indoors.
You know why you need to exercise, but that doesn’t necessarily mean how it has to be done. If the likes of treadmills and gyms have never particularly appealed that may just mean that you need to get your health kicks elsewhere.
Your main objectives with exercise are to:
– Get your blood pumping and heart rate up to take care of your heart and circulation;
– Stay limber so that your joints don’t get stiff and you keep your full range of movements;
– Strengthen your muscles to keep them active and able to up to the task of all the things you want to get done in a day;
– Keep your spirits up.
If you can find something more appealing that going to a gym that ticks off the above checklist, it’ll not only make a routine easier to stick to, it’ll keep you motivated and interested.
Dancing is then a perfect remedy for anyone looking to put some fun and variety into their workouts.
More and more we are seeing that health isn’t just about the physical, but your mental wellbeing too. While regular exercise strengthens muscles and bone density, and keeps hearts in good order, it also works wonders for your how you feel in yourself. The production of endorphins is just one of the perks of hitting the dance floor. Dr Redding also advises that the social element is good for people who find themselves feeling lonely.