I just saw a trending topic today which mentioned the Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award-winner Dick Van Dyke, who is turning 90-years old next month, and his advice to seniors for a long and satisfying life. This is what he said in an interview while promoting his book, Keep Moving: And Other Tips and Truth About Aging:
Everyone should dance. And everyone should sing. People say, “Well, I can’t sing.” Everybody can sing. That you do it badly is no reason not to sing.
Well, I would’ve not smoked or drank anything because I think that set me back. There are times when I feel like apologizing to my body for the (laughter) way I treated it. As I said, I was doing an interview the other day. I said I’m not Jack LaLanne. I have all the infirmities my age has.
I have arthritis and all those things, but I keep moving and that way you suffer from it. I didn’t discover dancing and singing till I was in my 30s. And it just happened out of nowhere. I regret that I didn’t train a little or take some vocal coaching or something. But I just enjoyed what I had and had fun with it. If I had to go back, I’d train.
Basically, his number one advice to seniors to keep healthy is to “Just keep moving!”
You all know that I have been trying to lose weight for the past year or so. I haven’t been very successful but I managed to lose several pounds when I discovered Fitbit. You know why it made a difference? It made a difference because I started moving. Sitting idle in front of the television after a long day at work where I sat in front of a computer screen is not healthy. We all just need to move and that is the simplest way to make sure that you lose weight. But how do we move and enjoy the activity? Walking is enjoyable for me as I walk with my dog and we have lots of fun while walking. Running on a treadmill works as well if you find running stationary enjoyable but it gets boring for me. The next best thing that can get me to move is to dance. I enjoy dancing and when you move, you sweat. What best way to get your exercise in but to do something that you enjoy.
Unfortunately, some people are shy and think that they don’t know how to dance. Anyone can dance. The best way to learn is to start early. If you have kids, teach them how to dance. Or better yet, enroll them in a dance studio so they can learn how enjoyable it is at an early age. There’s no reason why a person cannot learn how to dance. It’s fun, it’s a way to express joy and it’s super contagious!
Now that I have started moving again with my daily walks with my dog, I want to take it further. I want to lose more weight so I am looking at dance studios to see if I can join a class or two. I believe that there are several dance studios in our area here around Philadelphia. There’s the Koresh Dance Studio (the most popular I think…), Living Arts Dance Studio, and Society Hill Dance Academy. That’s just from a quick search on Google and I got three of the most famous dance studios in the area in one search.
If you are inclined to send your kids to a dance studio, and let us say that you live in Arizona, all you have to do is to type “dance studio Glendale AZ” and you can quickly find dance studios in the area. It’s that simple. You may want to join your kids as well and join a class that is held at the same time as theirs so that you get the benefit too!
What could be stopping us to move? If we can walk and run, we can dance. There is no reason why dancing can not be learned. And when you learn to dance, there will be times that you will be inclined to dance like nobody’s watching. It’s good for your heart, it’s good for your body.
I am determined to lose 20 more pounds and if I have to dance my way to weight loss, I better get started now.
How about you?