Time to Tango!
My patients sometimes think I’m kidding when I “prescribe” tango dancing. I often suggest it to my Parkinson’s patients to help them develop strength, coordination and balance.
But tango is a great exercise for anyone who wants to enhance their core strength and even improve your brain function.
(I’m partial to Argentinian Tango myself. It is the Tai Chi of dances.)
- Tango has an easily recognizable beat that makes it easier to catch on to the dance (and therefore stick with it).
- The variations of sidesteps and forward steps and slow movements help you develop strength, coordination and balance. With Parkinson’s patients, this really helps to decrease the risk of falling.
- Cross-body movements help develop core strength and improve neurokinetics—a fancy way of saying that your brain gets smarter while you’re learning the movements.
- Music and movement are the fundamentals of life. Good music and dance make life more fun, which helps alleviate less depression.
- Since no equipment is needed, it’s a really cost-effective way to boost your health.
- It’s great exercise for all ages, so it helps bring together people from across cultures and generations.
- Great way to burn lots of calories while having lots of fun!
So forget about Dancing with the Stars. The real stars are your own loved ones who need a little nudge to remember what a great time dancing is.
See you guys on the dance floor soon!