This year we have teamed up with lots of dancing friends, including Wendy Timmons who is Programme Director of the MSc Dance Science and Education at the University of Edinburgh, to produce resources to encourage #dancercise as a fun form of increasing physical activity.
The European Code Against Cancer recommends that we should ‘Be physically active in everyday life’. A recent systematic review and metaanalysis on the effectiveness of dance interventions compared to other forms of physical activity reported that dance interventions significantly improved body composition, blood biomarkers, and musculoskeletal function. The authors concluded that undertaking structured dance of any genre is equally and occasionally more effective than other types of structured exercise for improving a range of health outcome measures. Furthermore, a recent pilot randomised trial of ballroom dance in breast cancer survivors from Pisu, DemarkWahnefried et al. reported significant positive effects on physical activity and quality of life with couples appreciating
the opportunity to spend time and exercise together.
Here are some suggestions to get you moving
• Always good to get up from your desk and have a stretch, why not have a dance?
• Dance breaks are especially good when you are working from home, no one is in and no one is watching, get up and put on a favourite track and have a good old dance, hairbrush karaoke permitted!
• If you need dance inspiration and feel like having a wiggle, you could always look to popular classics for inspiration e.g. Macarena, YMCA, Gifs…
And watch out for our #dancercise cards…… coming soon