9 REASONS TO GET BACK ON THE DANCE FLOOR
Few physical activities offer as many benefits as dancing and for people with Osteoarthritis, regular dancing can mean less pain, more energy, improved sleep and better day-to-day function.1
Dancing is more than just a great way for people with Osteoarthritis to stay physically fit, it’s fun and provides an opportunity to socialise, a channel for self-expression and creativity, and a way to improve mental functioning.2
There’s a dancing style to suit everyone and the benefits of dancing include:1
- improved fitness
- improved muscular strength and endurance
- weight management
- stronger bones
- better coordination, agility and flexibility
- improved balance
- improved mental functioning
- greater self confidence
- better social skills.
It is speculated that the improvisation or ‘quick thinking’ involved in dancing can help explain the mental benefits.3 For people with Osteoarthritis improved mental functioning can help in dealing with challenges in everyday life and staying positive.
As with any activity, dancing should be done regularly for the benefits to be maintained. Local councils commonly provide dancing as an activity for older people, with choices ranging from ballroom dancing to square dancing.4
So if your dancing shoes are gathering dust, now could be the time to get them out and give them a shake.
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- American College of Rheumatology Exercise and arthritis. February 2012. http://www.rheumatology.org/practice/clinical/patients/diseases_ and_conditions/exercise.asp
- Victorian Government. Better Health Channel: Dance – health benefits, January 2012. http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Dance_health_benefits
- Coubard OA, et al. Practice of contemporary dance improves cognitive flexibility in aging. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience 2011:3:13.
- Brisbane City Council 5- Plus Centre, February 2012. http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/community/community-support/seniors/50-plus-centre/index.htm