Dancing eases hip or knee pain and helps older adults move better

A new study shows that older adults who participate in dance experience less hip and knee pain and walk faster. Those who walk faster are at less of a risk for falls, and because the speed of walking is recognized as an important predictor of health throughout aging. The study’s participants were mostly women with an average age of 80. They were divided into two groups-- one that danced 45 minutes up to twice a week, and one that carried on with their regular physical routines. The dance group reported taking 39% less pain medicine, while the non-dance group reported taking 21% more.
News Medical, June 13, 2014