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Dancing really is a great form of exercise for the body and the brain!
It's a fantastic way to stay fit, young and healthy because of the all round workout you get, whether you're doing a slower steady paced dance class or a more energetic dance fitness class. You use lots of different muscles all over the body and not just the major ones, like in cycling, swimming and running.
You also keep your brain working too, as you have to remember the steps and what comes next, which is very important as we get older.
When we exercise the body releases endorphins, which result in feelings of well-being. Since we dance to music, in a fun social environment, dancing is particularly effective at this and one of the best forms of exercise. It has been known to help reduce stress, anxiety and depression.
Lisa understands the importance of the social element of dancing, so she strives to create a fun and friendly atmosphere at all the classes, where you'll get to know the other people there. She also organises social events during the year too, whether that's a meal out or tea and cake with the rest of your class, a theatre trip locally or in London, or a Dance Party, usually at least one a year, where dancers gather from across all the classes.
It's great for 'brain health' to learn something new, even as we get older, so come along and give dancing a try! You never know, you might really enjoy it!
Dancing is good for you!
Research suggests dancing is one of the best forms of exercise, as seen in 2016 on the BBC programmme 'How To Stay Young'.
The Benefits of Dancing
Some statistics for you from the programme...
• anticipation (timing, perception) by 8%
• visual discrimination (focus from distractions) by 13%
• working memory (retaining information) by 18%
Plus, dancing is considered the best of all exercise for maximum brain benefit!
THE SIT TEST
On the above programme they demonstrated the sit test, to help you determine your current level of fitness. You start by sitting on a chair and have to stand and sit again ten times, as fast you can, without using your arms (keep them folded). By the looks of those that tried it in the programme, it isn't necessary to sit down completely, but at least touch the chair. Essentially, you're doing squats!
Below are the recommended targets to indicate a good level of fitness:-
Under age of 35: Men = under 10s / Women = under 12s
Aged 35 to 55: Men = under 13s / Women = under 15s
Over age of 55: Men = under 18s / Women = under 19s