In postmenopause, which occurs on average after 50-55 years, the body has already adapted to low levels of hormones, but during this period it is very important to keep your health under control. Scientists from Brazil have offered women of this age a simple and very pleasant way to maintain a normal figure and metabolism – dancing several times a week.
The authors of the study decided to evaluate the impact of dance practices on physical fitness, metabolic profile and self-esteem, which often decreases in women of mature age. For 16 weeks, 36 postmenopausal women (average age 57 years) danced three times a week for 90 minutes.
Before the start of the study and at the end of the observation period, the researchers compared the following indicators: body composition (fat and muscle weight), blood lipid composition, functional state and level of self-esteem.
The results showed that all participants had decreased levels of triglycerides, fats that increase the risk of heart disease, and increased levels of “good” cholesterol. Dance therapy also had a beneficial effect on women's coordination, aerobic capacity and self-esteem.
“Dance therapy is seen as an attractive exercise option because it is an enjoyable, low-cost activity with a low risk of injury. Additional proven benefits of regular dance training include improved balance, posture, gait and overall performance. All this can help maintain a quality lifestyle throughout life,” scientists say.
Previously, Canadian scientists assessed the effectiveness of dance therapy for the rehabilitation of patients with Parkinson’s disease. For three years, 16 volunteers with this disease regularly danced once a week for 1.25 hours. In the comparison group, the scientists included 16 people of the same age with a similar diagnosis who participated in another study of Parkinson's disease. They did not dance.
During the study, people who danced regularly did not experience worsening motor (movement) disorders. Indicators that characterize speech, balance, tremor and stiffness remained the same as at the beginning of observation. In addition to the positive effects on motor function, dancing has been associated with slower decline in cognitive health, depression and anxiety. Participants in the control group deteriorated significantly faster.