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Dance Your Way to a Fitter and More Healthier You after Retirement!

So, you have retired, but that doesn’t mean leading a sedentary lifestyle. You will have to keep exercising to stay fit and in shape! A good bit of cardio and strength training can go a long way and help you avoid numerous chronic diseases. Besides that, it also helps keep your joints nimble and supple without the pain.

But keeping it active after retirement is all the more important. While walking is an excellent exercise, you must introduce more exercises to challenge you in varied ways. Also, make it fun. Exercise is more sustainable when you enjoy it, like, say, dancing. Dancing is an incredibly fun way to burn those extra calories.

Recent research suggests that senior citizens who danced regularly had relatively better physical, mental, and emotional health. It will also help you have a better social life if you regularly meet with your peer group to practice dance. Isn’t a compromise on social life the biggest concern after retirement for most people? So, that’s a win-win. You can dance your way to wellness while staying in touch with like-minded people too. So, why not give it a shot?

It is not only great for your physical health but also mental health. Also, with old age comes cognitive decline and the feeling of anxiety and depression. But we can combat all that and more with dancing. If you want to look and feel your best after 60, here are some dancing forms that you can try. Also, dancing can help rev up your social life. You can now meet people, not over a cup of coffee, but on a dancing date. Wow! That sounds like fun. So, is ballet your thing or Jazz? Let’s find out here.


Ballet is suitable for people who have never tried dancing before as it is a gentle form of dancing. It is also an incredible form of dancing to work for your muscle groups and improve your strength and flexibility. If you like classical or contemporary ballet, then you could give it a go. When you like the music, you are more likely to take to the new dancing form more easily. Look around you, and find an instructor or dancing school that offers beginner level ballet classes for a small fee.


Among the myriad styles of dancing, most people prefer to dance. Jazz dancing is moving your body to a  rhythm and is great for modern, pop music. The upbeat music can get your foot tapping, even if you have two left ones. And while you learn more and more about this style of dancing, you will learn the more difficult moves that will do a world of good to your cardiovascular health.


Latin dancing is better when you practice it with a partner. It is slow and sensual and involves your whole body as you move your body in a more synchronized fashion.  The style of music is what makes it fun, and when you enjoy something, you reap far more benefits out of it.


Ballroom dancing is another dancing that involves a partner. The form is more traditional and includes Waltz, Foxtrot, and Cha-Cha. As people grow older, they have issues maintaining their coordination and balance. This is a style of dancing that many people over sixty enjoy, and it helps them maintain their coordination and balance and is indeed a fun form of dancing to enjoy with your set of friends.


Zumba is a blend of aerobic exercise and dance. But when you dance to the upbeat tune with scores joining you, it will be all fun and all play kind of thing. Of course, you hit all the major muscle groups, and it is one of the best and the most intense cardio workouts ever. Find a Zumba class near you and join it to have lots of unadulterated fun while you lose weight and stay fit.

Most of these dance forms promise myriad benefits. Beginning a new workout regime can seem like an intimidating task for most people, especially after retirement. But you never know what you are missing till you join a dance class and dance with abandon. Yes, it’s time to let your hair down and enjoy dancing!

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