A recent report by the UK Chief Medical Officers says there is compelling evidence across all age groups that being active will help to protect your future health.
Adults are advised to do muscle-strengthening exercises twice a week, as well as aerobic exercise, to help them stay active for longer…
Active Older Adults
The report highlights “the additional benefit of balance and flexibility exercises for older adults”, and picks out Tai Chi, dance and aqua-aerobics.
Top doctors stress that an appropriate activity for older adults should have both physical and mental health benefits, as well as the opportunity to socialise with others with the aim of improving their overall wellbeing.
Older adults should participate in daily physical activity to gain health benefits, including maintenance of good physical and mental health, wellbeing, and social functioning.
Can Barn Dance Fitness (BDF) deliver these benefits?
We have noticed a marked improvement in fitness, co-ordination and agility across our regular participants, and especially so with the over 50s class.
BDF also aims to be very sociable, and dancers are given the opportunity to chat and make new acquaintances. BDF is non-competitive, it’s about teamwork, it’s about ‘us’.
The eclectic diversity and intensity of the dances guarantees a vigorous workout of most muscle groups, and the session is structured to peak in dance intensity and aerobic activity.
Participants are challenged cerebrally throughout, and there’s considerable laughter when things go awry, which they often do!