By Kristin Beerman | email
Edited by Jon Bush | email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – If you think square dancing is an old art for old folks, then you need to try a round or two with the Lubbock Area Square and Round Dance Federation. Studies have shown that square dancing can lower your blood pressure, strengthen your bones, increase your muscle tone, build your lung capacity and even act as a natural anti-depressant. Members in this group range in age from their 20's to their 80's.
Dr. Bradley Bale specializes in the prevention of heart disease and he says that he gave it a whirl the other night. On HealthWise at 5 Tuesday, Dr. Bale said this kind of dancing is a great prescription for good health.
"Square dancing is the equivalent of walking four miles, which will reduce your risk for having a heart attack, having a stroke, or going on to type two diabetes. The mental awareness demanded by square dancing reduces the risk of going on to Alzheimer's," said Bradley Bale, M.D., and Heart Health Director at Grace Clinic. "Now those are four huge health issues that most everybody fears. Square dancing is a wonderful, fun way to reduce that risk."
Coincidentally, the Lubbock Area Square and Round Dance Federation is starting a new round of lessons next week, with square dancing on Monday nights and round dancing on Tuesdays. Prices vary for lessons, but if you're a beginner the Federation is starting entry level classes on February 13th, a real bargain if you're looking for a fun way to exercise. It is just $40 for 13 lessons and half of that will be donated to the Children's Miracle Network. For more information on any of the square and round dancing programs please call (806) 765-8736.
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