Dancing is an activity that connects people all around the world. Moving to music is a simple way to give us both a physical and mental boost. Salsa is one of the most popular Latin dances. It emerged in Cuba during the late 19th century, with the nation’s lush landscape and rich musical history culminating in what is now one of the world’s favorite dances. The salsa that we know today evolved from various Cuban dance forms such as the Mamba and Son Montuno, and also has influences from Puerto Rican dances such as Plana and Bomba. While the dance’s rich history is fascinating on its own, did you know that it also has a host of benefits? We list out the benefits of salsa dance for active retirement here.
Increase your balance and strength after just a few weeks of salsa dancing. In a well-controlled and age-appropriate class, salsa is both a safe and feasible exercise program. It’s a fun one too!
Helps Alleviate Joint Stiffness
If you’re suffering from knee and hip discomfort, salsa is great for you. Learning and mastering salsa moves can help you alleviate stiffness in your joints. The moves used in salsa help develop your mobility and flexibility, making it easier for you to move without pain.
Helps Manage Your Heart
Heart conditions are something that many develop as they age. A study done by the University of Illinois in Chicago has shown that Latin dances such as salsa and cha-cha can dramatically improve heart conditions. Salsa can help stabilize chronic heart failure and various other conditions.
Improves Posture and Flexibility
A sustained salsa practice can help improve posture and flexibility. Salsa can help you achieve a higher level of energy, enhanced flexibility and a greater sense of achievement too. Attending salsa classes gives you a confidence boost that shines through your body.
Keeps Depression at Bay
Physical activity and regular socialization are two things that can help fight depression. Salsa gives you both. A dance class gives you something to look forward to, a chance to meet others in a fun environment and combat social isolation. The physical benefits of salsa can also boost your mental and emotional health.
It keeps your heart and joints healthy, gives you something to look forward to, and is just plain fun. So, if you’re looking to pick up a new hobby, or have been interested in dance in general, why not look up salsa classes in your neighborhood? Dance classes are offered in many places, such as community centers. Florida, where our Independent Living community is located, is bustling with Latin influence, so finding a place that offers salsa classes is no problem at all. If you’re looking to explore a range of dynamic social events, have a look at our Celebrations Activities & Events Program to get you started. Keeping physically, mentally and socially active is important in your golden age, so jump into something that excites you today!