A group of Australian researchers found that men and women with mood disorders who participated in a two-week tango instruction program felt less depressed and experienced significant reductions in their levels of stress, anxiety and insomnia.
A number of studies reflected the advantages of dancing. As an example, soft shoeing to alleviate stiffness: Older adults with knee and hip discomfort may be able to swap their pain medications for dancing shoes, according to a Saint Louis University study recently concluded. After engaging in a 12-week, low-impact dance program, and participants with an average age of 80 years old were able to decrease the amount of pain medication they were taking by 39 percent. They were also able to move around more easily, a key determinant in remaining independent. “Walking just a little more rapidly can make enough of a difference for a person to get across the street more quickly or get to the bathroom faster, which keeps them functional and independent”.
Waltzing with your heart; people with stable chronic heart failure may derive the same aerobic health advantages from learning how to waltz as they would from a more traditional form of cardiovascular exercise, such as cycling or walking, studies have noted.
Also, defending against dementia with disco when compared to other leisure activities, playing golf, doing crosswords, reading, cycling, etc., dancing appears to offer the best chance of helping stave off dementia. According to a 21 year study led by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, aging adults who danced regularly had a 76 percent reduced risk for developing dementia. Experts theorize that dancing is beneficial for our brains because it combines cardiovascular exercise with split-second decision making that taxes our neutral network, forcing it to create new pathways.
Other studies indicate that you can do it in spite of health issues. Parkinson’s disease, dementia, cancer, arthritis, asthma, heart disease all have one thing in common, they don’t prohibit you from dancing. Researchers use dance as a therapy for each of these ailments and have unearthed a host of advantages with very few risks. Most important to check with your doctor before embarking on a rigorous dancing regime, especially for those with pre-existing health conditions.