Classes in Tonbridge, Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells


Tip 1 Work at your own pace

First establish your own comfort zone – everyone’s is different.

Find where your own range of movement is at present and challenge yourself to increase it over the weeks by stretching just that bit further.

Pace yourself, if the exercise is feeling too much, and it can if you are feeling under the weather, stop the arm work, but keep the legs moving. It’s not a competition, everyone is coming to this class with varying levels of fitness and flexibility and even with fit individuals ranges of flexibility vary. It’s all about making the most of what you’ve got! We come in all shapes and sizes and that’s the beauty of being human. So tone up and define yourself according to your framework, no one else’s!

Tip 2 Become body aware, i.e.

Be sensitive to your body’s responses and the interplay between muscle and movement and actually wonder at just what your body is capable of. With the right care and exercise, you’ll get to the point where it’s effortless getting out of bed in the morning and your body flows in its movement because your muscles have become so much more supple and flexible. Having a body that works for you also does wonders for your self esteem. Concentrate and focus on the main muscle group you are working to get the most out of the moves, not on what you are having for dinner later or tomorrow!

One movement performed with true body awareness is worth a dozen mindless repetitions.

Tip 3 Have an understanding of why you are doing what you are doing

The Warm Up is important to raise body temperature, increase the flow of blood to muscles, oil the joints and prepare the body for what is to come and so reduce the risk of injury.

The Cool Down is important because muscles are slightly contracted after a work out and it’s important to lengthen them again and promote blood flow to help with the removal of waste products.

Tip 4 Stick with it

The first few weeks can always be a bit challenging when you start something new. Even if you think you have two left feet, you haven’t! Time and practice really does make perfect, so be kind and patient with yourself.  The classes are friendly, non-competitive and about having fun. When we are having fun we are relaxed and learn all the more quickly, anyway. There is one Golden Rule in Dancercise: if you make a mistake, smile, it means you are learning. As Einstein said ‘ someone who doesn’t make a mistake hasn’t tried anything new’. If you are not trying anything new, you are not learning anything new, and not exercising those brain cells!

Tip 5 Throw away the scales

Fat loss is not about fad diets and how much you weigh - don’t be fooled by products that advertise low fat, because it can still mean they contain a lot of sugar, and sugar produces insulin in the body and insulin is what causes the fat cells to store fat.

It’s about body sculpting and eating healthily. The more muscle you have the more calories you’ll burn. Lynn is still the same weight now as she was two dress sizes bigger!

Tip 6 Remember the benefits

Metabolism is the key to long term fat loss. Dancercise increases your metabolism.

Heart-wise, exercise is the best insurance policy you can have. It has been shown that cardiovascular exercise at least three times a week can reduce the risk of heart attack by approximately 50%.  

See Why Dancercise? to remind yourself of the other great benefits.

Tip 7 Give yourself a pat on the back for getting there.

 Anytime you are debating whether to go to your Dancercise class or not, just go. Even the most accomplished athletes find the first few minutes of a workout difficult, and they don’t have great music to move to. Discipline yourself, go and meet your classmates, and push through those moments and you will be amazed at how good you feel.

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Dancercise Classes in Tonbridge, Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells


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