Waltzing Helps Weak Hearts

Summer 2007 CSANews Issue 63  |  Posted date : Aug 07, 2007.Back to list

Typical exercise on a treadmill or stationary bicycle for men and women with stable chronic heart failure can be improved upon by substituting a 21-minute waltz three times per week. Participants in a study involving 110 men and women reported greater improvements in their quality of life through a waltzing exercise regimen than from their walking and biking counterparts. The rhythm of the waltz was rigorous enough to increase fitness and the activity was more engaging for the participants, which led to a higher level of interest and a greater likelihood of continuing.