Have Fun and Dance for Exercise

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 19th, 2012 in Body, Gainesville, GA | No Comments

Have you ever danced so much that you worked up a sweat? I’m sure many of us have, and its definitely a good thing.  While we are having fun moving and grooving, we are actually exercising. Dancing is an excellent way to work out because it is typically free and engages the entire body. And many seniors are enjoying this fun way to break a sweat. Yes, dancing for exercise is not just for the young, but also the young at heart!

Dance exercise programs have been around for some time now. I recall “Sweating to the Oldies” with the animated and zealous red head Richard Simmons. It was a absolute craze in the 80’s. Now ZUMBA, the Latin flavored dancing program, is taking fitness classes by storm.  Zumba is aerobic dance exercise that incorporates both resistance and interval training. But, you don’t have to do Zumba to get started. All you need is music. Turn on your favorite jam and get moving! Many people are getting healthy moving to the music including residents at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Gainesville, Ga. Some of our residents are not able to dance on their feet, so they will work their upper bodies by doing chair exercises. Chair exercises are still affective for seniors all while having fun!

Why Cardiovascular is Important

Doctors recommend getting at least 30 minutes of exercise for seniors. For seniors, dancing is great for cardiovascular exercise as it helps with cardiovascular circulation. More blood circulation means more blood is pumped to the brain which is important for an older adult’s cognitive health. It has been proven that exercise stimulates the mind which could slow the progression of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Also, music has been known to have incredible affects on seniors including improving their moods and stimulating the brain. We have certainly seen this affect on our residents at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Gainesville, Ga.

Take a note from this 97 year old and get moving!