New Hobbies: Got to Dance…

Posted on: 04 January 2011 by Rhian Mainwaring

If your 2011 resolution is to get active then check out 50connect's new hobbies! Hobby number one: Dancing

Strictly Come DancingDancing is the exercise in disguise, as learning a new skill is complex as dancing takes the edge off the cardio and puts the emphasis on flirtatious fun!

Strictly Come Dancing has seen a surge in people taking up the sport, and although we may not have the skills of Brendan and the gang, dancing is great for getting the heart rate going, for all-over toning and most importantly it’s a great way to meet new people.

The government recommends 30 minutes of exercise a day which when it comes to dancing is a doddle. If you dance for 6 or 8 songs (less than an album) then you’ve surpassed it and we’re not talking about panting and sweating, upping your heart rate is all that matters, where even a slow waltz is the equivalent to a moderate 3mph walk.

In fact, regular dancing will reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer. Learning the steps and keeping a routine is also said to warn off Alzheimer’s, but enough about what it can stop you from doing – dancing is great for making new friends and exercise will also keep you positive, not to mention the fact it’s a great place to find a partner, and judging by Strictly Come Dancing, a partner on the floor often ends up a partner in the bedroom too!

Pick your dance…

Salsa is extremely common but there’s plenty of different styles. Classic ballroom dancing is for the more traditional among us, whereas Ceroc (a lot like Dirty Dancing) is a great workout and done well looks very impressive. The Jive is for those with piles of energy and like getting flung around the dance floor, or line dancing is a great way to stretch your legs without the need of a partner. For more dance styles click here

Pick your studio...

Most local councils will have information on nights in your area, find your local council site here. Or, head to the Strictly Come Dancing site to find a class you’d like near you, alternatively post below the dance classes you attend, tell us why you love it and spread the joy!

If you're an avid dancer why not set up a group to discuss tangos, tutus and tights with other members of 50connect.

Happy dancing x

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