A 16-week
dance intervention is associated with improvements in lipid profiles,
functional fitness, self-image, and self-esteem among postmenopausal women,
according to a study published online in Menopause.

Giovana
Rampazzo Teixeira, Ph.D., from São Paulo State University in Brazil, and
colleagues assessed the impact of dance practice on body composition (body fat
and lean mass), blood lipids, functional fitness, self-image, and self-esteem
in postmenopausal women.

The analysis
included 36 postmenopausal women (mean age, 57 years) who danced three times
per week for 90 minutes each day, with evaluation before and 16 weeks after
initiation.

The
researchers found that from baseline to 16 weeks, there were improvements noted
in triglyceride, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and total cholesterol
levels. Furthermore, the dance intervention was associated with improved
coordination, agility, and aerobic capability.

The
classification of general function fitness index, which was considered regular
at baseline, improved after 16 weeks of dance participation. The women also
reported significantly improved self-esteem and self-image after the dance
intervention.

“This
study highlights the feasibility of a simple intervention, such as a dance
class three times weekly, for improving not only fitness and metabolic profile
but also self-image and self-esteem in postmenopausal women,” Stephanie
Faubion, M.D., medical director of the North American Menopause Society, said
in a statement.

“In
addition to these benefits, women also probably enjoyed a sense of comradery
from the shared experience of learning something new.”

SOURCE: https://www.practiceupdate.com/c/121855/2/2/?elsca1=emc_enews_daily-digest&elsca2=email&elsca3=practiceupdate_cardio&elsca4=cardiology&elsca5=newsletter&rid=NTU2MjE4MTIzNzES1&lid=20845070

REFERENCE:
Teixeira et al: Dance practice modifies functional fitness, lipid profile,
and self-image in postmenopausal women; 
https://journals.lww.com/menopausejournal/Abstract/9000/Dance_practice_modifies_functional_fitness,_lipid.96933.aspx