Get Fit, Get Active: Dance Your Way to Happy Aging

Zumba PartyThere seems to be an inverse proportion between age and the motivation to exercise. As people increase in age, the drive to be active wanes. Most people who reach the age of 65 give up on exercise because they think they are already out of shape or feel too tired to get moving. Some just don’t like the whole idea at all, as it is boring.

Exercise is highly important for older adults, as it prevents diseases and improves moods. And the truth is, it doesn’t have to be exhausting and tedious. There are physical activities that actually don’t feel like exercise at all — like dancing. There are many health benefits associated with dancing, and many people associate it with general happiness.

Dance the Depression and Diseases Away

Seniors are at a higher risk for depression compared to the general population. The changes that come with aging — death of life partner, retirement, physical health problems — all contribute to severely low moods. As it gets worse, depression compromises quality of life, affecting sleep, appetite, social participation, and physical well-being.

Aging adults, however, can avoid depression through physical activities. Various studies have validated the health benefits of dancing among older adults. Experts from NTUC HEALTH explain that the exercise improves aerobic ability, strength, balance, and agility. It also causes production of chemicals in the body that promote restful sleep. Moreover, the fun nature of dancing and its elements, music and the free movements, pave the way for improved moods.

Get in Touch

More than the physical and emotional benefits, dance presents seniors the opportunity for social engagement. Fitness trends like Zumba, ballroom dancing, and belly dancing create an environment where adults can initiate and develop relationships with others.

By engaging in these types of exercises, seniors will not only experience improvement in terms of physical and emotional health, but also make them engaged in social interactions. Senior activity centres promote this kind of atmosphere.

Research shows that the simple, friendly touch from friends and family, like holding hands or hugging, reduces stress and pains in the body. With older adults finding support from the people that surround them, they are able to avoid isolation.

With various studies confirming the health benefits of dance for aging people, there is only one tip left to say: get moving and show your moves on the dance floor.