Let’s face it. Sometimes staying fit and healthy can seem like a chore.
Sure, the rewards are undeniably fantastic. But, all too often, health advice is difficult to follow. Sometimes it’s downright dry and boring.
But listen up, that’s NOT going to be the case today. Because I have some new research that I’m sure you’re going to get a kick out of. I sure did.
The new study found an activity everyone loves to do anyway has all kinds of positive side effects. According to researchers, DANCING has major measurable health benefits.
Now this study happened to focus on women. But ladies, there’s no reason to believe that if the men in your life decide to cut a rug right along with you that they wouldn’t see many of these same improvements too.
And guys, taking your lady for a few spins around the dance floor is bound to earn you some brownie points to boot.
Dance your way to better health
For the small study, researchers recruited a group of 36 postmenopausal women. For 16 weeks, the volunteers danced three times a week for 90 minutes each day.
Now that might be a bit much for most of us to keep up over the long term. But even shorter dance sessions are bound to deliver some significant health benefits.
And when you hear what those were for the ladies in the study, I predict you’re going to want to get started today.
Borderline high triglycerides levels plunged down into the healthy zone. While HDL or so-called “healthy cholesterol” shot up. Which is a great way to get your doctor to stop nagging you about starting on a dangerous statin drug.
But the benefits didn’t end there, far from it.
The researchers report the dancing queens also had big improvements in four other critical categories for those of us who aren’t spring chickens anymore…
- aerobic capability
- functional fitness
If you read my recent report on how devastating and sometimes deadly falls are skyrocketing among seniors, it’s easy to see how vital these kinds of improvements can be.
Plus, one of the best benefits of all was one no one was really looking for. Self-esteem soared in the volunteers. And let’s be honest, that’s an area most of us could use a bit of a boost in.
2 tricks to sneak in MORE dancing
Now trust me, I get it. Committing to dancing for 90 minutes three days a week is a tall order for most of us. And if you’ve been surfing the couch or riding the recliner up until now, it’s probably downright impossible.
But don’t feel intimidated or give up before you even get started. After all, the whole point here is to have some fun while you enjoy the “accidental” health benefits that come along for the ride.
You can get your dance on without committing to hour and a half long sessions and still experience some fantastic health benefits.
In fact, I have two simple suggestions to help you get started.
- Utilize YouTube: YouTube is an excellent resource for free fitness dance videos. I suggest using search times like “senior dance fitness,” “low impact dance,” and “Senior Zumba” to find a bunch of different options to choose from. Try a few videos out until you find one you like. And switch it up whenever you start to feel bored.
- Kick it up during commercials: Another easy way to sneak in some extra dance time is to commit to kicking up your heels during every single commercial break when you’re watching television. Cue up some music before you settle in, and each time there’s a commercial hit play and dance around the dining room table while you wait for your show to come back on.
Who said staying fit and healthy always has to be complicated or a chore?
Well, not anymore. Break out your dancing shoes (or maybe just your sneakers) and reap some major health rewards starting TODAY.