Can I dance if I have arthritis?

We get asked all time ‘Can I attend your Keep Dancing dance classes if I have arthritis?’

Well yes, yes you can.

We hear all the time about how exercise is good for us. Granted different types of exercise suit different conditions and personalities better and dancing is not for everyone.We know that exercise has many health benefits, particularly as we get older as it will keep us supple and flexible, reduce the risk of illness, keep our minds active and also encourage opportunities for us to be social beings.

You might be worried that your arthritis may prevent you from joining in with any type of exercise and gentle exercise like dancing may be much more suitable for you rather than high impact sessions.

The reasons to participate in gentle exercise most definitely outweigh the reasons not to as the benefits of exercise include:

  • better range of movement and joint mobility
  • better pain management
  • increased muscle strength
  • stronger bones – which can help protect against osteoporosis
  • weight control
  • improved balance and co-ordination
  • reduced stress
  • improved sleep patterns
  • increased energy levels
  • better breathing
  • improved self-esteem.

Our Keep Dancing classes are specifically designed for those who are over 50 as they are low impact and gentle on the joints so perfect for you if you have arthritis. In fact we have dancers that have told us that as a result of attending our classes they have experienced less arthritic pain than previously.

We also ensure that we can choreograph alternative dance moves so that our dances really are suitable for everyone as we appreciate that we all have different bodies.

To find out more about our Keep Dancing classes click this link: http://www.fayeoconnordance.com/keep-dancing

To find out more about arthritis click here

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