Updated: Dec 10, 2019
All the benefits of dance in old age!
In recent years, many studies have tested the benefits of dancing on the elderly, both physically and mentally. In fact, research results show that all those who regularly followed dance lessons greatly improved their sense of balance. Pirouetting and performing complicated steps has increased their stability by reducing the risk of falls which, in older people, can also have serious consequences. Dancing is a gentle exercise that stimulates muscle tone and therefore increases strength, endurance and flexibility. Helps lose weight and gain self-confidence. The movement improves the cardiovascular system reducing the risk of arterial hypertension and helps to counteract and prevent osteoporosis. Dance is also a rigorous discipline that teaches to keep a correct and elegant posture - many of the participants in the studies claimed to be able to walk faster and with less pain - and to practice with concentration, which keeps the mind occupied and keeps the concerns. Furthermore, by dancing, the levels of endorphins rise, encouraging good humor. Taking part in a dance class is also an opportunity to meet new people, improving their social life. The most impressive results are the benefits on the mind. Indeed, dance greatly reduces the risk of Alzheimer's and other dementias, stimulating cognitive acuity more than many other activities. From the study, conducted by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City on a group of over 75 for a period of 21 years, it emerged that the dementia risk reductions established are: of 0% in subjects who practice cycling, swimming or golf of 35% in those who habitually read by 47% in people who do puzzles at least four days a week 76% in "dancers" No other type of activity has given equally amazing results. The types of dance recommended are those of the couple such as the waltz, the tango, the samba, the fox-trot, the group, the mambo or individual dance therapy, classical dance, modern dance, etc ... Three lessons per week of at least 50 minutes are enough for one year to enjoy the first benefits. However, it is important to remember that, however moderate, the dance is always a physical activity that must be approached gradually, asking in advance for an opinion from your doctor.