Staying active is important for both the mental and physical health of a person, especially in our older years. However, this is not something that is easy for everyone, especially if they are not interested in or unable to access a gym. More importantly, it is important to find a form of exercise that is enjoyable and sustainable for a person to take part in for a long period of time.
Dancing comes in many forms and is one of our residents’ favorite ways to stay active here in the senior living community at TerraBella Spartanburg. Here are some of the top reasons why we continue to offer dance for seniors as part of our exclusive senior living programs.
An Excellent Option for Cardio
When we think of cardio, it tends to be options like cycling or running which can require expensive equipment or good weather conditions. Dance provides a convenient alternative that can just as easily raise a person’s heart rate and stimulate greater flows of oxygen around the body. The amount of cardio that each person needs will differ depending on their age and bodily needs. This means that before you fully commit to regular dance, it is important to check with your doctor to ensure that it is safe and beneficial.
Requires Minimal Equipment
When it comes to dancing, it can be as simple as putting on your favorite song and rocking out in the kitchen to getting a custom-made outfit and special shoes. What you need will differ greatly with the type of dance that you plan to try as well as the level of commitment that you put into it. However, at the end of the day, it is an affordable option for newcomers with minimal investments.
Improves Cognitive Abilities and Memory
Dance is a great addition to memory care due to the process of memorizing steps. Unlike the more sedentary methods of memorizing words and repetitive activities, dance helps by developing a person’s “muscle memory” where their body is able to become familiar and remember sequences in a unique manner.
Enables Meaningful Social Engagement
Dance is rarely an activity that is done completely alone. Whether you are dancing to music that was produced by someone else or dancing with a partner, there are many opportunities for social engagement when practicing dance. This means that not only are you able to meet new people and form new friendships and relationships, but it is also an invaluable opportunity to join a community of like-minded individuals. This can help in lowering feelings of loneliness and the likelihood of social isolation.
Serves as a Creative Outlet
Regardless of whether you are going through an instructor-led routine or just moving freely to your favorite music, dance is a great way to express and understand yourself. In fact, research has shown that dancing can be freeing in both a physical and emotional manner due to the ability to move in a unique manner. This can lead to greater benefits like improving a person’s emotional and mental health.