I Hope you Dance ….
For those of you with 2 left feet or dance aficionado, dance fitness is considered to be one of the top five physical activities.
Studies show it is healthy for most individuals, it can build and increases stamina, strengthen and tone the whole body. Dancing is known to lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels and helps in preventing osteoporosis. It Increases flexibility and balance, keeps our hearts in shape, sustains the circulatory system and increases energy.
Dancing is something you can do for your whole life, no matter your age. Once you start dancing, just keep going and don’t ever stop!
Alzheimer studies show that by dancing you decrease your chances of the disease. Dancing increases more blood flow to the body and brain which helps for memory processing and brain function.
Most of us would like to remain healthy and fit all the days of our lives, if you are still seeking the fountain of youth… Dance may just be the answer to what you are looking for.
These inspiring words come from our Client Service Advisor, who is also a dance teacher who will be sharing her talents with all of you at the Main Stage at The San Diego Union-Tribune Successful Aging Expo at the Towne and Country Hotel April 30, 2016.
In my first blog on Declining Dementia Rates, I listed ways to keep your heart healthy and your mind strong.
- Stop Smoking
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Decrease intake of animal and trans fats
- Eat abundant colorful fruits and vegetables
- Maintain social, romantic and family connections
- Manage stress with mediation, mindfulness and gratitude
I promised that I would share ideas for each one of these opportunities to maintaining an active lifestyle. This week’s blog is focusing on exercise. Most people find exercise boring and tiring, but ask Charla and I am sure that she will tell you dance is never boring and it’s invigorating. Charla teaches classes for seniors at the Encinitas Senior Center “Fun Sway” and at the Encinitas YMCA “Spirit Groove” on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can call us here at Whole Life Home care for more information, just ask for Debbie or Charla.
My sister is a dance teacher and I was the sister with two left feet, so I prefer other options. Now that I am a senior, my husband and I have enjoyed a variety of other exercise options.
“Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements.” It is an excellent stress reducer as well as a lovely form of exercise, according to the Mayo Clinic Staff Website.
It can be performed at any age and serves also to improve balance and prevent falls. Check with your local senior center for classes.
“Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing.”
Hiking and Beach Walking
We are truly lucky here in San Diego as we have so many beautiful areas for hiking and walking. There are boardwalks like Ocean and Pacific Beach, where the walkers can keep their feet on a level concrete surface or there are wide flat sand beaches like Imperial Beach, Coronado’s Silver Strand and Del Mar, where the turf meets the surf. Many local cities have created walkable rail trails. Solana Beach has a rail trail that also serves as an art gallery. The history of Solana Beach is depicted in ceramic mosaic arches at its entrance at Via de La Valle and Hwy 101.
The San Dieguito Coast to Crest River Trail will someday link paths and trails from Del Mar to Volcan Mountain with over 70 miles of accessible trails. This sounds like an exciting challenge to me. I love to hike and feel silly that I have not taken advantage of the amazing flora and fauna located right in my back yard. I have always had a strong desire to tackle some of the Pacific Crest Trail. So I should probably start with this homegrown trail and get my hiking legs back. Anyone interested in hiking with me? You can find out more about this amazing trail at http://www.sdrp.org/wordpress/trails/