Your (healthy) heart is ‘dancing’ waltz every moment of your life.
In patients with stable chronic heart failure, waltz dancing is safe and able to improve functional capacity and endothelium-dependent dilation similar to traditional aerobic exercise training. Waltz dancing may be considered in clinical practice in combination with aerobic exercise training or as an alternative to it.
– Dancing waltz can help your heart, new study finds (Rapid Citry Journal, March 18, 2012):
Dr. Romualdo Belardinelli, study author and director of cardiac rehabilitation at Lancisi Heart Institute in Ancona, Italy, presented results of a new study that finds that dancing the waltz can help your heart at an American Heart Association meeting in Chicago.
He studied 110 patients with stable congestive heart failure with a mean age of 59. Forty-four subjects were randomly selected to participate in “waltz training” three times per week for eight weeks.
The waltz was selected because it is known internationally, plus the same research team previously found that waltzing helped heart patients regain strength.
Forty-four subjects performed traditional treadmill and cycle exercises, and another group of 22 served as controls.
Results revealed that both the waltzers and standard cardiac exercise group showed improvements in cardiopulmonary function.
However, the waltz group scored better than the standard group on functional and quality-of-life measures as assessed by the Minnesota Heart Failure Living questionnaire.
The waltz group reported slightly more improvement in sleep, mood, the ability to perform hobbies, do housework and have sex than the cycling/treadmill group.
The study authors explained that dance is effective because it’s fun, done with a partner and safe, as no one had to withdraw from the waltz program.
Gotta Dance in Rapid City teaches a waltz class on Mondays at 8 p.m. in March.