Dance fitness is perfect for working on your motor skills! But what actually are motor skills exercises and why is it important?
We hear a lot from many different kinds of people that they feel unsure about attending a dance fitness class as they feel they are uncoordinated and won't be in time or following along as easy as others. Have you heard yourself tell yourself that?
And it's a perfectly understandable way to feel.
However, don't let that hold you back.
For many people, they will push themselves out of their comfort zone when it comes to other types of exercises as they know that by pushing themselves that bit further, they will achieve physical changes and results from it. Whether it's weight loss or a toned body.
It's easy to forget that your mind and your motor skills need exercises too to keep your mind and brain healthy and you should keep your brain active as well as your body. And it's very important in your overall health and as you age to help prevent certain diseases.
Alzheimer's UK state that keeping your mind active is likely to reduce your risk of dementia. Regularly challenging yourself mentally seems to build up the brain’s ability to cope with disease. One way to think about it is ‘Use it or lose it’.
Physical exercise is also something recommend to help your overall health but Alzheimer's UK also advise that you should also build in some resistance activities that require strength and work your muscles twice a week, such as push ups, sit ups and squats (one reason why we try to ensure there are resistance routines in each class!)
Motor skills exercises are exercises that test your brain in many different ways. You can do memory games, puzzles and quizzes but also by dancing!
So don't let your lack of co-ordination and memory put you off. Try and remember that routine, try and hit that beat even if it feels unnatural. Trying to overcome this are great motor skills exercises and your brain will thank you for it!
If you would like to learn more about how to prevent dementia, please read the article below by Alzheimer's UK that we have referred to in this article!