Danc­ing fun and ef­fec­tive

The Glengarry News - - Health, Beauty, Fitness, Nutrition -

Have you been told to walk or ex­er­cise more? A lot of peo­ple, once re­tired, be­come less ac­tive.

On your an­nual visit to your doc­tor, you know that he or she is go­ing to say you should ex­er­cise more.

While there are many ways to get mov­ing, for many, square danc­ing is ex­actly what the doc­tor or­dered.

Once you’re danc­ing, you move at a pace of roughly 120 steps per minute. Some dancers like to wear a step counter and are pleas­antly sur­prised of how many steps they have taken

So, you think you can’t dance? Would you like to?

Give easy modern square danc­ing a spin. This is not old-time square danc­ing. Turns and twirls are lim­ited to the fit­ness lev­els of the dancers. Your caller will teach you all the steps you need to know and have every­one danc­ing right away. As you get com­fort­able with each call, ad­di­tional ones are in­tro­duced.

And there are no se­quences to mem­o­rize -- the caller will tell you what the next move is just be­fore you have to do it. All you need to know is your left from your right and how to count to five.

Then you are square danc­ing and are hav­ing loads of fun while en­joy­ing mu­sic you like.

An­other bonus is that square danc­ing is great ex­er­cise in a so­cial set­ting.

And don’t worry about be­ing per­fect - - easy square danc­ing is for fun.

Con­tact François Des­marais, caller with the Glen­garry Tar­tans group, at fran­coisd2@rogers.com for more in­for­ma­tion.

The club dances from Septem­ber to April. in Alexan­dria.

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LIONS SHARE: The Corn­wall Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion has re­ceived from the Corn­wall Lions Club a $10,000 do­na­tion to­ward new tech­nol­ogy for cataract surg­eries. This gen­er­ous do­na­tion is part of the Lions’ com­mit­ment to eye care health over the next five years that will see them raise $46,000 in support of this im­por­tant equip­ment. Mem­bers pre­sented the do­na­tion to Amy Gille­spie, CCHF Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor.

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