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Physical benefits of dancing for healthy older adults: a review.
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PMID:  19940326     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Dancing is a mode of physical activity that may allow older adults to improve their physical function, health, and well-being. However, no reviews on the physical benefits of dancing for healthy older adults have been published in the scientific literature. Using relevant databases and keywords, 15 training and 3 cross-sectional studies that met the inclusion criteria were reviewed. Grade B-level evidence indicated that older adults can significantly improve their aerobic power, lower body muscle endurance, strength and flexibility, balance, agility, and gait through dancing. Grade C evidence suggested that dancing might improve older adults' lower body bone-mineral content and muscle power, as well as reduce the prevalence of falls and cardiovascular health risks. Further research is, however, needed to determine the efficacy of different forms of dance, the relative effectiveness of these forms of dance compared with other exercise modes, and how best to engage older adults in dance participation.
Justin W L Keogh; Andrew Kilding; Philippa Pidgeon; Linda Ashley; Dawn Gillis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of aging and physical activity     Volume:  17     ISSN:  1063-8652     ISO Abbreviation:  J Aging Phys Act     Publication Date:  2009 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-11-26     Completed Date:  2009-12-22     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9415639     Medline TA:  J Aging Phys Act     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  479-500     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Sport and Recreation and Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand.
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MeSH Terms
Dancing / physiology*
Exercise / physiology
Muscle, Skeletal / physiology

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