Dancing for Seniors & Big Band Benefit… Save the Date – Pagosa Daily Post News Events & Video for Pagosa Springs Colorado

Want to cut a rug? Whether you’re showing off your moves at a wedding reception, feeling the Latin beat at a salsa party, or rolling back the coffee table in your living room for a dance workout video, dancing can lift your spirits. moral. But it’s not only fun, it’s a great way to exercise, without feeling like work. And while there are plenty of opportunities to dance socially, it can also be done from the comfort of your own home.

Big Band Benefit Dance, September 23, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Save this date! Put on your dancing shoes and join us for a Be-Bop and Boogie Woogie Big Band Era Music party. With Bob Hemenger and Debbie Tucker and other talented musicians. Proceeds will go to Archuleta Seniors Inc and Pagosa Senior Center. Tickets for the event are available at www.pagosacenter.org

Older people can become more sedentary as they age, and prolonged physical inactivity can lead to health problems and immobility. Dancing is a low-impact cardio workout that can combat these issues by improving heart and lung health, in addition to providing many other benefits.

Five benefits of dancing for seniors:

1. Emotional and social
Social isolation, often experienced by retired seniors, increases the risk of depression and anxiety. According to the CDC, people who are socially isolated are also significantly more prone to heart disease and stroke, as well as 50% more likely to develop dementia.
Getting out of the house and joining a class with others can improve your mood and emotional state. Learning couple dances such as ballroom, salsa, etc., gives you the opportunity to meet other people, bring a friend or loved one with you to learn together, or join a other singles looking for a dance partner.

2. Balance and agility
In a review of the literature on the benefits of dancing for the elderly, particularly on their physical health, the National Library of Medicine reported that dancing increases strength, endurance, balance and other aspects of functional fitness.
Study participants ranged in age from 52 to 87 years old. Many different dance styles have been used including ballroom dancing, contemporary dance, culture, pop and jazz. Regardless of dance style, dancing improves functional fitness.

3. Weight Management
Dancing burns calories and increases muscle strength. Building lean muscle helps burn fat and tone muscle.

4. Strength and flexibility
Dancing strengthens the core muscles we use to stabilize our bodies, which can make joints less susceptible to injury.

5. Increased energy and stamina
When you start dancing — or finish a cardiovascular activity — you may find that you tire easily. As you continue the routine, stamina increases and energy – on and off the dance floor – increases.

Where to shake and shimmy
If you’re convinced of the benefits of dancing for seniors, from fun to fitness, but don’t know where to start, a quick internet search will help you find local options for dancing lessons or opportunities. specific to your region. Look for:

Gyms and clubs
One of the best places to start is at your local gym. Whether it’s the public gymnasium at the Ross Aragon Community Center or a private facility in town, chances are they offer dance exercise classes specific to seniors. On the other hand, dance classes not specific to seniors offer the advantages of intergenerational socialization. Just make sure the course is flexible enough to meet the varying needs of participants, allowing them to relax when needed and providing less strenuous options. Jazzercise and Zumba are two common dance class options specifically targeting exercise through dance. Always feel free to modify the moves as needed, especially in the beginning, to suit your specific abilities.

dance studios
Find a dance studio that specializes in your favorite style of dance and music. If you like the style of music you’re dancing to, you’re more likely to like dancing. If you like country music, try line dancing. If you like Latin music, try salsa or bachata. If you prefer classical music, try ballroom dancing lessons. You might even come across some nostalgic options, like jitterbug, boogie-woogie, locomotion, twist, or disco!

Churches and community groups
Many churches and community recreation centers sponsor seniors’ nights that aim to bring seniors together for a social experience while exercising. Also check Meetup for groups that meet in clubs and other places to have fun and dance.

The Community Cafe continues to be open to the public every Monday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you are dining there, be prepared to show your vaccination cards. (If you have COVID-19 or have been exposed or are showing symptoms, please stay home.) We are still offering take-out meals Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at our convenient Drive Thru.

Our meals are available for all ages by reservation, call or text us at 970-264-2167 before 9am.

Rose Chavez

Rose Chavez is Executive Director for Archuleta Seniors, Inc. and Public Health Consultant at Archuleta Food System/Food Equity Coalition.

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