27 Mar Pole Dancing for the Baby Boomer Generation
Dancing is an self-expressive art form, and pole dancing, similar to other dance styles, is a combination of self-expression as well as a performance art. For those who have been living under a rock, pole dancing can be characterized as a synergy of sensual dancing and gymnastic skills displayed by a singular artist/entertainer using a vertical pole as a prop. Initially only done in strip clubs and gentlemen’s clubs, today pole dancing is performed in non-erotic venues such as circuses, cabarets and other mainstream stage performances.
Advanced pole dancing requires remarkable strength, muscle co-ordination, flexibility, stamina, and endurance. In strip clubs however, it doesn’t require many gymnastic skills, as the dancers can simply hold the pole; while in other venues the pole is used for climbs, spins and body inversions. The key to a well performed, proficient pole dance is upper body and core strength.
Recently, pole dancing has acquired popularity as a form of an exercise. It can be used as, both an aerobic and non aerobic workout. Many well known fitness clubs are offering a program in pole dancing. In such classes mostly women and sometimes men use a pole as the workout prop. The exercise really enhances upper body strength and does overall toning of the body.
Pole Dancing For Baby Boomers
It may come as a surprise to many that pole dancing has a solution for many elderly problems. It is not only a social activity but it also holds the key to solve many common elderly problems. It can not only cheer us up by pumping up endorphins, it also improves overall heath, reduces stress, burns calories, lowers cholesterol and can help fight dementia.
While it may not be the most conventional way of burning calories and losing weight, it is no doubt one of the most fun ways. It can burn as many calories as does a spinning class and other gym session, and is one of the easiest ways to beat winter blues, a widely experienced elderly problem as it improves overall blood circulation.
Pole dancing is a very unique way of strengthening the leg and hip bones. In addition to that, in order to master the moves, one has to perform them repeatedly which builds up stamina and lowers blood pressure.
Alzheimer’s is undoubtedly one of the most challenging elderly problem today. Pole dancing surprisingly helps fight Alzheimer’s as it involves memorizing steps and techniques, and engaging the participant in a challenging brain activity; and psychological articles inform us that mental challenges keep our brains fit and can protect us from all forms of dementia.
In addition to medical benefits, pole dancing provides a chance to enjoyment without too much exertion. Thus, the excitement caused by the experience allows the body to release endorphins; making us happier, more energetic, and definately sexier!
Today, there is a growing worldwide effort to make pole dancing a serious sport as well as art form. It’s not only fun but can be the road to overall improved mental and physical health, as it builds endurance, flexibility, agility, co-ordination, stamina,strength and sex appeal.
So what are we waiting for baby boomers? It’s time for us to get moving.
Pole Dancing for the Baby Boomers Generation is part of Boomer Yearbook’s continuing series of psychological articles on Elderly Problems. We believe knowledge is power. We’d love to hear what you think.
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