Get Dancing to Boost Your Wellbeing
Dancing is more than just a great way for people with osteoarthritis to stay physically fit. It’s also a fun activity to socialise with others and build lasting friendships.
Exercise has direct benefits for osteoarthritis. Regular dancing can mean less pain, more energy, improved sleep and better day-to-day function. Other benefits include:
- improved muscular strength and endurance
- effective weight management
- stronger bones
- better coordination, agility and flexibility
- improved balance
- improved mental functioning
- greater self confidence
- better social skills
The improvisation or ‘quick thinking’ involved in dancing may also help explain the mental benefits. For people with osteoarthritis, improved mental functioning can help with staying positive and dealing with challenges in everyday life.
As with any activity, dancing should be practised regularly for the benefits to be maintained. Seniors can also take up dancing, with choices ranging from ballroom dancing to square dancing. If your dancing shoes are gathering dust, it’s time to get them out and hit the dance floor!