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There are a number of reasons why you should dance :
Dancing regularly can:
Improve your confidence Improve overall grace and agility
Improve your posture Improve muscle tone
Improve flexibility Improve coordination and balance
Improve cardiovascular health Improve your social life
Help you relax Help you lose weight
Help your circulation
And complements any fitness programme or sport
Where else can you get all this and have FUN at the same time?
All classes are ‘Pay as you go’. Beginners classes are only £5 each.
No need to sign up
Everyone welcome with or without a partner
Dance is a great activity to keep fit and have a great time too !
Research suggests that dancing the Waltz is ideal therapy to help regain Cardiac Function
From the Mail
By Pat Hagan
Recovering from a heart attack could be as easy as one-two-three, one-two-three, one-two-three.
Research suggests that dancing the Waltz is ideal therapy to help regain cardiac function.
Volunteers who regularly took to the dance floor made better progress than those who stuck to conventional cardiac rehabilitation methods, such as riding an exercise bike.
And they enjoyed it, too. This meant they were more likely to stick to their regime, reducing the risk of dying from heart disease and preventing further damage.
Professor Romualdo Belardinelli, director of the Lancisi Heart Institute in Ancona, Italy, presented his findings to the European Society of Cardiology meeting in Munich this week. 'We know exercise can reduce death rates,' he said. 'And after two years, it also reduces hospitalisation for conditions like heart failure. 'The trouble is there is a high drop-out rate because of lack of enthusiasm.
'Heart-boosting exercise routines usually involve walking or jogging on a treadmill, cycling or swimming. Although effective, patients rarely find them fun. In earlier research in patients with diseased arteries, Professor Belardinelli compared the effects of dancing with the effects of 30 minutes on an exercise bike.
Dancers performed a five-minute slow Waltz, followed by a three-minute fast one, for a total of 21 minutes at a time. During each dance, they wore sensors to check on heart rate and breathing. These showed the Waltzers had a lower heart rate - a sign that the cardiovascular system is working well - and higher lung capacity, which meant more oxygen was passing into the bloodstream.
In the latest experiment, the Italian team wanted to see if the same dance routine would help those who have already suffered heart failure and are struggling for breath and exhausted much of the time.
After dancing twice a week for eight weeks, there were significant improvements in heart rate, oxygen uptake and quality of life.
Professor Belardinelli said: 'Waltzing improves the function of patients with chronic heart failure.
'If they prefer dancing to other aerobic exercises, it should be offered to them.'
Why wait, learn to Waltz today !
Dance the blues away. You don’t have to be Quickstep pro or Salsa Queen to discover the benefits of dancing. Not only is it great for releasing pent-up energy and ironing out aches & pains, dancing is a great way of socialising and putting aside your woes for an hour or so
~ all contributing to a happier life!
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