Admit it, working out is not all fun. It’s exhausting, painful, and just downright uncomfortable. That’s why most folks dread the idea of hitting the gym. They just don’t see the fun in punishing themselves physically.
However, dancing is something that a lot of people enjoy. Think about it. Some of the most popular shows on TV are about dance: World of Dance, America’s Best Dance Crew, So You Think You Can Dance, and Dancing with the Stars, to name a few. Solo artists, dance couples, crews, and mega crews have taken not just America but the world by storm over the past decade and a half of these competitions.
And now, with the help of the ever-increasing popularity of the app, TikTok, dance has become far less intimidating to most people, even older people. In fact, there are dance classes that are specifically tailor-made for aging adults.
Advantages of Dance for Older Adults
Dance is a very popular form of exercise that a lot of people enjoy doing. If you want to get somebody started on a fitness journey, dance is one of the most effective ways to get them going. This physical activity has been proven to have a lot of great health benefits not just on young people but on older folks, too.
Here are some of the advantages that older adults who dance have over others who don’t:
- Improved strength, balance, and mobility
- Reduced joint stiffness and muscle pain
- Minimized chances of stress, anxiety, and depression
- Improved cardiovascular health
- Decreased chances of dementia
6 Ways Dance Can Make Older Adults Healthier and Feel Sexier
On top of its health benefits, dance is a great way for older people to feel sexier as well. Here’s why:
1. Dance is a great core workout
Dance is a full-body workout that makes you realize you have muscles in places you never thought you had. With the dynamic range of movements, it provides a good solid workout, especially on the core, which you normally wouldn’t engage in other cardio exercises like running.
2. Dance is physically challenging
Although dancing can come quite naturally to some people, it can be intimidating and challenging to others. But as long as you know your right from your left and you can count to 8, you can learn how to dance. It just takes some effort and a little getting used to. In time, as you keep attending dance fitness classes, things will start to get easier for you.
3. Dance is a great way to meet people
Dance is not just a great avenue to get your regular dose of exercise. It’s also a great way to meet new and interesting people, especially now that we’re in the middle of a pandemic. Even if the dance classes you take happen online, you still get to be with other like-minded people who are looking not just for exercise but also for much-needed human interactions.
4. Dance keeps your mind healthy and sharp
Aside from the physical benefits of dance, it also helps to keep your mind active and sharp. As we grow older, our cognitive functions, unfortunately, deteriorate. We need all the help we can get to keep our brains as sharp as they can be. Learning new steps and memorizing routines can help keep those gears cranking in our brains.
5. Dance is a great confidence-builder
People get their confidence from different sources. Some get it from a picture-perfect smile that’s a product of fine Invisalign craftsmanship. Others draw it from their sense of style and fashion. Still, others see their physique as confidence-boosters.
And then there’s the dancer who draws confidence in being comfortable with their body and movement. Beginners might find it awkward at the start but as they progress with each lesson, they become more confident with what they’re doing. This transformation in confidence is not just limited to the dance floor but also translates into their everyday lives as well.
6. Dance is flirty and sexy
Lastly, dance can be used to seduce people if you know how to work your body right. You don’t even have to get sleazy. The confidence alone that dancing gives to a person is enough to give off a sexy vibe and can be used to your advantage when you’re in the mood for some flirty fun. The sensuality and femininity that can manifest in dance are enough to make eyes pop and jaws drop. It has less to do with the shape of the body but more with how you move it.
You may not be a gifted terpsichorean but guess what? Most people are in the same boat. Not everyone is built to dance but that doesn’t mean that it should stop you from picking up this skill. Dance is not just a talent but also a skill; this means it can be taught and if it can be taught, then you can learn it, no matter how old you are.