Have you heard of someone in their 50s still doing pole dancing as part of their exercise routine? It might sound surprising but this shouldn’t be considered impossible or inappropriate. As a matter of fact, we even encourage women who are in this age bracket to try pole dancing to experience the benefits this dancesport can give.
If you read my last post “Am I too old to pole dance?” I covered why its never too late to start if you have a strong desire to maintain a healthy body as you reach your golden years.
Reasons to try pole dancing at 50 years old.
1) It can tone your body
Toning happens when you burn fats and build up your muscles simultaneously. The good thing is, you don’t have to do different exercises to attain both benefits. Pole dancing is one of the best exercises that promote both of these effects.
To burn body fats, you have to do cardiovascular exercises that increase your heart rate and blood flow. On the other hand, repetition and resistance are the keys to improving muscle strength.
Pole dancing improves overall body strength since you have to lift yourself up on the pole and do incredible tricks. While doing this, your body burns excess fat which further defines your muscle tone. You’ll be killing two birds with one stone, thanks to pole dancing.
Working out to tone your body can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle, especially now that you’re older.
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2) You’ll have fun while exercising
One of the main reasons people get bored or discouraged in working out is that they see it as a chore ‘ a gruesome task that isn’t fun to do.
Cardio exercises help a lot in burning calories and lowering cholesterol levels. It helps remove fat and plaque buildup to keep your heart and blood pressure healthy. However, spending thirty minutes running on a treadmill or pedaling on a stationary bike a couple of times every week can be really tedious. No one wants to spend a lot of time doing boring things like these.
Pole dancing is exciting, challenging, and enjoyable, unlike treadmill and stationary bike. You’ll learn a lot of moves that not everyone can do, all while helping you do cardio and strengthening exercises.
3) You don’t have to know anything about pole fitness to start
It doesn’t matter if you don’t know anything about pole dancing. As a matter of fact, the community wholeheartedly welcomes newbies so that more people will know about the benefits of the dancesport.
It’s alright if you’re not able to perform the tricks and other moves after a few sessions. You’ll eventually be able to do them with practice and patience. Even the best pole dancers went through this process before they got to where they are.
Don’t worry if you lack movement coordination, muscle strength, or flexibility. All of these can be trained as you continue practicing the craft. You’ll surely love every step of the way as you get to see yourself improve as time goes by.
4) The community will accept you
Don’t get intimidated when attending your first pole dancing class. The pole dancing community is very accommodating to people as long as they’re willing to learn. It doesn’t matter what your age, size, color, or shape is. You all have one uniting factor which is to become skilled pole dancers.
If you’re too shy to attend classes, you may want to try learning on your own at the very comfort of your home. There are dance poles that can be installed at home. You can watch online videos to get started. Make sure, though, that you follow all safety precautions to avoid injuries.
5) It will make you younger
Do you want to feel like you’re in your 20s again? Forget about miracle drugs. Nothing will make you look younger than keeping a healthy mind and body.
Pole dancing can do both of these. The exercises involved in this craft require mental concentration, physical toughness, and overall flexibility. You can develop them both while you practice on the dance pole.
Pole dancing can be your fountain of youth. It can help you to slowly regain your strength and agility, making you feel like you’re younger by more than 20 years. The fitter you get, the younger you’ll feel.
6) It will strengthen your body
Women produce estrogen which contains elements that naturally strengthen the bones. However, as they age, the production level of this hormone decreases. Bones eventually grow brittle and lose density, leading to other complications because of old age.
This is why it’s vital for women to keep their bones and joints healthy. Pole dancing can help strengthen these areas, x comes a healthy mind. If you’re confident with your figure, that’s one less thing to worry about.
Pole dancing also helps release endorphins which reduce overall stress levels on the body. You can redirect the bad energy you’ve accumulated throughout the day into making yourself better at the dance pole. With this, you’ll have an outlet that not only helps build your muscles up but also reduce the stress you feel every day.
9) It will get you a healthier lifestyle
Pole dancing is a high-impact exercise which means you’ll be spending tons of energy every session. This can be beneficial at your age, especially now that it’s common for you to experience short and uneven sleeping habits. Pole dancing will tire you out and help you achieve a deeper sleeping experience.
Giving your body a regular dose of exercise can help improve sleep patterns. You’ll notice that you’ll feel less restless at night and more energetic in the morning.
10) You’ll learn something new
Learning should be an endless process. At your age, it might be hard to learn a new dance sport but it certainly is not impossible.
The art of pole dancing, as we’ve discussed, doesn’t care about your age. The important thing is your willingness to learn and improve. The more you improve, the better it is for your physical and mental health.
Leaning something new is beneficial to the brain. Combine that with physical activity and you’ll get a healthy mind that defies your age.
What if pole dancing is not for me? Anything less extreme to try?
Good question! there are a few other aerial related dances arts to try if pole dancing is not exactly your thing. Try Lyra hoop, aerial silks and if you love yoga it is worth trying aerial yoga with silk. That’s a few options that will keep you feeling exhilarated and hopefully make you feel youthful in your body again from being more physical.
Your age doesn’t matter in pole dancing. As long as you want to explore this dancesport, have the passion to continue this exercise, or you’re just curious to try it out, the dance pole is ready for you. If you have other tips and suggestions to people over 50 who want to try pole dancing, leave your comments below and help them out!