Dance improves lipid profile, physical function in postmenop
Postmenopausal women who completed a 16-week dance intervention saw significant improvements in lipid profile, physical fitness levels and body image compared with baseline measurements, according to data published in Menopause.

The aim of the present study was to analyze the effects of dance practice on body composition, metabolic profile, functional fitness, and self-image/self-esteem in postmenopausal women.

A total of 36 postmenopausal participants (mean age 57 years) danced three times per week for 90 minutes each day and were evaluated before and after 16 weeks. The parameters evaluated were body composition (body fat and lean mass), blood lipids, functional fitness, self-image, and self-esteem.

Results:
-- Statistical analysis was done using Student t test for paired samples and the Wilcoxon test with P values less than 0.05 considered statistically significant.

-- Lower triglycerides (baseline = 156.5 ± 17.0 mg/dL; after 16-weeks = 131.5 ± 12.9 mg/dL), higher high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (baseline = 55.4 ± 15.9 mg/dL; after 16 weeks = 60.0 ± 15.4 mg/dL), and higher total cholesterol (baseline = 199.5 ± 26.8 mg/dL; after 16 weeks = 211.8 ± 35.7 mg/dL) levels were observed in postmenopausal women.

-- Dance intervention improved coordination (baseline = 8.6 ± 2.6; after 16 weeks = 6.7 ± 1.6), agility (baseline = 55.9 ± 8.8; after 16 weeks = 64.1 ± 8.3), and aerobic capability (baseline = 446.8 ± 63.4; after 16 weeks = 377.4 ± 53.8).

-- Classification of general function fitness index (GFFI) was considered regular at baseline (GFFI of 200-299), but improved after 16 weeks of dance practice (GFFI of 300-399).

Conclusively, the 16-week dance intervention was effective in improving not only the lipid profile and functional fitness of postmenopausal women, but also self-image and self-esteem.

Source: https://journals.lww.com/menopausejournal/Abstract/9000/Dance_practice_modifies_functional_fitness,_lipid.96933.aspx
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