Wheelchair Dance and Health, Fitness and Wellbeing
The WDSA (UK) believes that wheelchair dance and wheelchair dance sport can provide a lot of benefits to a person’s health, rehabilitation and wellbeing. This section of the website is a growing and developing knowledge bank for you about many aspects of dance and the contribution it makes to health education, health care and managing illness.
From hip-hop to the foxtrot, dance fever is sweeping the nation, fuelled by popular TV shows such as Strictly Come Dancing and Britain’s Got Talent as well as the Strictly Come Dancing ‘on Wheels’ show in 2009.
Wheelchair Dance and Wheelchair Dance Sport is the UK’s fastest growing art form. Whether you like to jump or jive, tap or tango, shake your belly or your booty, dancing is one of the most enjoyable ways to get some exercise.
Regular dancing is great for losing weight, maintaining strong bones, improving posture and muscle strength, increasing balance and co-ordination and beating stress. One of the best things about wheelchair dancing is that while you’re having fun moving to music and meeting new people, you’re getting all the health benefits of a good workout.
Recommended physical activity levels
- Children aged under 5 years should do 180 minutes every day
- Young people (5-18 years) should do 60 minutes every day
- Adults (19-64 years) should do 150 minutes every week
- Older adults (65+ years) should do 150 minutes every week
The WDSA(UK) can offer a range of programs and courses to help from elderly residents in a care home with programmes like the movement to music, dance rehabilitation programs and wheelchair moving and handling .
If you would like to discuss what the WDSA (UK) can offer for you and your clients, employees or patients please email us on email@example.com or call 0300 111 30 45.
For more information please take a look at our additional sheet here.