Is there a more authentic expression of joy than dancing?
I think not. We can fake a smile or a laugh, but you must be truly joyful to dance like this football coach!
It’s a shame that so many of us are embarrassed to dance in public. We all really should learn to “dance like no one is watching,” especially as we get older. There is a huge body of evidence that dancing helps fend off numerous conditions including osteoporosis, arthritis, and maybe even Alzheimer’s Disease.
The Tango is the perfect dance for older people to master, according to Dr. William Hall, a gerontologist at the University of Rochester. It requires agility, strength, flexibility and balance. Learning the highly-structured dance also challenges your brain, which is key to mental health as we age.
Equally important are dancing’s social benefits. Hitting the local dance clubs or taking lessons are great ways to meet new people – not just peers, but people from other generations.
In researching my book, You Can Retire Sooner Than You Think, I learned that the happiest retirees typically have several hobbies, some of which they took up post-career. Maybe it’s time to start dancing. Even if everybody is watching!