Keeping your senior parents fit in their golden years means so much more than just the many benefits for their health. Fitness translates into their very quality of life and independence. While this should, therefore, be a priority for your senior parents, you are not limited to lonely walks or boring silver classes for them. Ballroom dance classes open a new way for seniors to keep fit that helps them achieve more than just their physical health.
This article suggests that the 4 main components of fitness that are necessities for seniors to stay healthy and independent are endurance, strength, flexibility, and balance. The recommendation is to find an exercise to cater to each of these at least once a week, but ballroom dancing achieves each of these categories at once in a low-impact and enjoyable lesson, and here's how:
- Endurance~ Ballroom dancing has the unique ability to truly start at the very basic and increase the choreography at an individual pace. Especially since lessons can be private, there will be no pressure from other participants, and your parents can truly work at their own level. While they are enjoying, learning, and progressing in fun, new steps, their endurance is growing without them even realizing it!
- Strength~ Dance is notorious for the long, lean muscle that is achieved through its graceful movements, and ballroom is no exception. It is an overall body workout that will build their strength in totality without the hard-hitting, exhausting nature of some exercises. As they slightly bend their legs to navigate the steps properly, or keep their arms raised in the correct position, they are unknowingly building those muscles, skills, and confidence!
- Flexibility ~ Ballroom dance movements require a range that is not typical of other activities. As they will gently continue stretching with each lesson, their flexibility will improve in a gradual, comfortable way!
- Balance ~ It's known that ballroom dancing needs agility and shifting of weight from foot to foot, requiring good balance to achieve. Simply by standing and distributing their weight appropriately for the dance steps, their balance will get better dramatically!
Helping your senior parents stay active and fit is important to you so you keep them healthy and independent. Ballroom dancing is a great option to keep your senior parents moving while having fun!
At Caring Senior Service, our expert staff is comprised of extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and trusted professionals who take pride in helping your loved one manage their daily activities. Contact us today to learn more!