5 reasons to take up a dance class

Dancing is a great way for people of all ages to get and stay in shape. Many people have turned to dancing as a way to exercise and depending on your goals, a dance class could be a fun way to improve your health. Besides being fun, dancing has many positive health benefits including improving your flexibility, strength, endurance levels, and emotional wellbeing.

So what are you waiting for? Start reaping the many health benefits of dance today!

1.Boost memory

Dance not only instills grace, but it also helps you age gracefully. According to a study in The New England Journal of Medicine, dancing may boost your memory and prevent you from developing dementia as you get older. Science reveals that aerobic exercise can reverse volume loss in the hippocampus, the part of the brain that controls memory. The hippocampus naturally shrinks during late adulthood, which often leads to impaired memory and sometimes dementia.

2.Improve flexibility

Many of the dance moves you will practice increase flexibility and reduce stiffness. Increasing your flexibility will help ease joint pain and post-exercise soreness.

3.Reduce stress

If you’re feeling tense or stressed out, one of our dance classes is the ideal way to turn down the tension. In a controlled study in the Journal of Applied Gerontology, researchers found that dance and musical accompaniment can help bring about stress relief.

4.Diminish depression

Dancing really does lift your spirits, according to a study in that tested the effects of dancing on people with depression.  Patients who participated in an upbeat group dance showed the fewest depression symptoms and the most vitality. Got the blues? Grab a friend and come and join one of our classes.

5.Help your heart

Dance is a great activity for heart health as it is a fantastic aerobic activity and as it is so much fun, you may not even notice you are actually working out!

Dance classes at West Bay

As well as our existing Dance Fit and Zumba classes, we have added two brand new dance classes to our autumn programme – Strictly Dance and Dancercise!

Strictly Dance

Learn to dance like the Strictly Stars! Each class will build up to learning a dance routine incorporating various styles of Latin or ballroom dancing seen on the TV show. Dancing is a great way to tone up and lose weight and works all the muscles in the body. Guaranteed to make you feel fit and FABULOUS. You’ll just want to “keeeeep dancing”! Join Hannah on Wednesdays at 6pm.

Dancercise

No dance experience necessary! Each session of Dancercise will have you dancing in a different dance style where a new routine is taught using a progressive technique. Flex and tone your body AND brain in this aerobics dance session. Suitable for all dance and fitness abilities. Join Larni on Thursdays at 9am.

Take a look at our full programme here

Call our Country Club team on 01983 766222 to book a spot on a dance class today!