Do you dance Flamenco? Every year that you spend you benefit more from doing it
It is already widespread that during old age it is necessary to continue doing physical activity if we want to maintain our quality of life and that the loss of functionality is as progressive as possible.
In most of the occasions, we understand physical activity as; go for a run or walk, go to the gym, swim or some activity that for many people is not very attractive and we forget some more socially striking such as dancing.
In this case, we are going to explain the benefits that a type of dance like flamenco brings us in some of the pathologies that we develop as we age.
Some of these pathologies develop in old age and it is sometimes difficult to determine the border between normal aging and the onset of a disease.
Among some of the pathologies we find osteoporosis, sarcopenia and loss of joint range. All these pathologies will benefit from performing flamenco dance.
Osteoporosis is a metabolic disorder that consists of a progressive reduction in bone mass that causes fragility. This pathology is determined by uncontrollable factors for the subject, such as genetic and hormonal factors, but there are others that can be controlled, such as diet, weight and mechanical load. The latter improves the bone structure in such a way that it achieves a bone with more density and greater resistance.
So when we are dancing, the movements and especially the tapping technique increase the mechanical load on the joints of the lower limb, improving bone density and strength. This technique is carried out in a controlled way, thus avoiding oversaturation or overload that we can generate with other actions such as running or jumping.
On the other hand, the continuous work of displacement, postural control and maintenance of your body weight improves the levels of strength in the lower body and reduces sarcopenia (loss of muscle mass) in those people who did not perform any type of activity, improving quality of life and above all avoiding complications such as falls.
Also, if flamenco is characterized by something as well as by zapateado, it is by the arm. The arm stroke involves all the movement options (abduction, antepulsion, rotation …) in a controlled way and without inertia, which translates into a work of flexibility and empowerment of the shoulder, improving both strength and range of motion.