Dance For Your Health
Here’s an idea that may appeal to some women concerned about their weight and health after menopause. A new study recommends dancing to improve fitness, lower cholesterol levels and even improve self-esteem. Researchers at Brazil’s São Paulo State University note that dancing regularly can help improve balance, posture, gait, strength, and overall physical performance, all of which may help aging women maintain an independent high-quality lifestyle. The researchers noted that while the study was small, it showed that a three-times-weekly dance regimen improved the functional fitness, self-image and self-esteem of the women who participated. The investigators added that dance therapy is seen as an attractive option because it is an enjoyable, low-cost activity, with a low risk of injury.
Giovana Rampazzo Teixeira et al, “Dance practice modifies functional fitness, lipid profile, and self-image in postmenopausal women.” Menopause, July 19, 2021. DOI: 10.1097/GME.0000000000001818
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