If you are looking for an activity to get involved with now that you have retired, you may not have considered ballroom dancing. As well as being a lot of fun, ballroom dancing can also offer a host of other benefits which will help you to enjoy your retirement and to live a long and healthy life. Read on to find out more.
Meet New People
Many people who are newly retired are suddenly struck by how lonely they feel. During your working life, you make friends with colleagues and meet new people fairly often. When you stop going to work, it can feel as if your world has shrunk and that you do not have the opportunity to meet new people. Attending ballroom dance lessons provides you with a way of meeting new people and making new friends. People of different ages and backgrounds attend ballroom dancing lessons and competitions, which means you will be sure to find some interesting people who will add colour and excitement to your life.
Maintain Your Fitness
Once you retire, it is easy to let your fitness levels decline. Whereas once your daily routine may have involved walking a certain distance or climbing flights of stairs, now that you are retired you may find that you are less active. This can cause your muscles to weaken and problems with your joints to develop. Remaining mobile is a key factor in staying healthy in old age.
Ballroom dancing is a great way to give your body a workout without putting too much strain on it. The moves you learn during your lessons will help to improve your muscle tone, your posture and will get the blood pumping around your body which will help to prevent heart disease. Dancing can be as intense or relaxed as you would like.
Keep Your Mind Sharp
You may not immediately associate ballroom dancing with mental fitness, but a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has found a possible link between ballroom dancing and the prevention of dementia in older people. The study looked at the benefits of different activities and their potential for reducing the risk of developing dementia. The study found that dancing on a regular basis helped to reduce the risk of dementia by 76%.
If you would like to find out more about the benefits of ballroom dancing lessons, you should contact a local dance group today.