Dancing is a physical activity that is not difficult. It doesn’t discourage people from practicing and enjoying it. It requires nothing but a good mood and intention. It is not limited to age and sex. Countries with long tradition in local dances, encourage their societies to dance from early age, this contact becomes an integral part of expression, joy and reflects positively on their physical health, because they stick with it till later life.
The positive effects of dancing in old age, is not on their physical health only, but extends in both the mental and psycho-social sides, retaining undiminished vitality of individuals in relation to those who do not dance. Dancing acts like a shield against major diseases that afflict the elderly people such as depression, dementia, Alzheimer’s and others.
More specifically, according to studies, dancing in old age significantly improves the aerobic capacity of the individuals and strengthens the muscle groups of the lower limbs, by that it strengthens their balance, flexibility and agility. Furthermore, it has been observed that healthy elderly people engaged in dancing are less likely to fall and have reduced risk of cardiovascular attacks.
For those who never danced in their life I will tell them that dancing is the most joyful and safe physical activity ever, don’t hesitate to start at any age. It has many benefits and doesn’t require you to be fit. You only have to give attention in selecting appropriate footwear, especially people above 60, because when we age, we lose a large amount of fat from our soles which affect our balance and create some foot pain. Provide yourself with soft and relaxing shoes. It is advisable to have shoes that enhance the curves of the foot with a gel or any other soft material. Enjoy and have fun!