This part of our website has been designed to respond to a global ‘call to action’ to address how physical inactivity is now identified as the fourth leading risk factor for global deaths. Physical inactivity levels are rising in many countries with major implications for the prevalence of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and the general health of the population worldwide.
We are developing fun, easy to follow programmes that not only deal with exercise appropriate for all, particularly the over 60’s, but also address the very real need for relaxation therapies too.
The first in our series of programmes delivers a really exciting ballroom dance exercise lesson that has been endorsed by the Atrial Fibrillation Association (AFA) and the Italian Society of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention (SIPREC) as a useful and enjoyable way to make your heart feel good. This educational programme has brought the Strictly Come Dancing UK television show’s professional dancer, Italian born Flavia Cacace, together with celebrity Russell Grant, who has graced British television, theatre and radio for many years. In this programme they show how easy it is to follow dance movements that are multi-directional and help with mobility and flexibility.
Ballroom Dance Exercise Lesson
In this dance programme, Flavia and Russell show us the importance of and how to warm up before we do any kind of exercise. The initial warm up eases viewers into the programme with some simple stretches and dance moves, people are advised to warm up before undertaking any form of physical activity, including dance, so that they don’t do any damage to their body.
They then instruct us on how in the comfort of our own homes we can learn how to do Salsa moves.
Putting the Dance Moves Together
Next they step up the pace slightly by putting these dance moves together. Remembering that it is important to keep this to your own pace allowing breaks if you need it.
The final part of the programme is the cool-down, with stretches and dance steps. Cooling down is equally as important as warming up it allows the body to relax, and brings the breathing rate back to normal.
This dance module is the first in a series of programmes that we are bringing you. We are delighted that it is endorsed by Professor Massimo Volpe, Professor and Chair of Cardiology and Director of the Specialty School in Cardiovascular Disease, at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, and Trudie Lobban MBE, who is the Founder and CEO of the international charity, the Atrial Fibrillation Association and Founder and Trustee of the Arrhythmia Alliance (The Heart Rhythm Charity).