HEALTHY LIFESTYLES: Get your boot-scootin’ boogie on

Free class offered April 12, with the chance to win a free set of six classes.

  • Apr. 9, 2015 5:00 p.m.

The gaggle of dancers at Carole Mason’s line dancing class at the Greenglade Community Centre certainly get their share of exercise

Get ready to kick up your heels and get moving! Spring has sprung, and what better way to boost your cardio than with some good old fashioned country line dancing.

Carole Mason has been teaching line dancing (among many other styles) for more than 25 years, and is as passionate about it as ever.

“Everybody can do it,” she says.

“People who think they have two left feet discover that they can actually do the patterns. We have a lot of fun!”

With high energy music and easy beginner’s steps, it’s a workout that’s open to anyone, and fun to boot.

The benefits are many, says Mason, both physical and mental.

“It boosts your memory, it can help prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s, it improves flexibility and gives you muscle tone,” she says. “It reduces stress and depression.”

“You learn rhythm and timing and musicality. It’s dancing, and it’s a cardio workout.”

Country line dancing also offers a built-in social boost too.

“The social aspect is really good for your health as well, being able to have a community of people that you can have fun with,” says Mason. “The part of exercise that I hate is the drudgery. And when you do it with people, it’s a lot more fun.”

Fun equals a much higher likelihood that you’ll stick with it and reap all those benefits. And despite not being perhaps as flashy as a Zumba class, country line dancing will sure get your heart rate up.

“If you do it continuously for 30 minutes, you can burn 300 to 400 calories,” adds Mason.

That’s comparable to an hour of jogging, and much more enjoyable.

The health benefits and “camaraderie of the family” are what’s kept Mason in the dancing world for more than two decades.

“The entire dance community becomes your family,” she says.

To get the word out, Mason is offering a free class this Sunday (April 12) at Greenglade Community Centre, 2151 Lannon Way, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

Participants get to try line dancing, and can also put their name into the hat for a chance to win a set of six classes beginning April 26.

“Anyone who participates can enter to win,” says Mason.

Dancers are asked to wear soft-soled shoes. No experience is necessary.

For those who get bitten by the line dancing bug and want to stretch their skills, Mason also offers a Beyond Beginners class teaching more intricate dances.

For more information, call Greenglade Community Centre at 250-656-7055 or visit countrydancevictoria.com.

Just Posted

‘Crazy 8’s,’ Panthers win again

Game kicked off with an on-ice ceremony featuring 98-year-old WWII veteran Commander Peter Chance

‘Spread love’: UVic Pride replaces white supremacy posters in Victoria

Around 50 people walked through downtown on Nov. 12 to share posters of love

Victoria libraries choose quirky books to keep everyone entertained

Comics, spoofs, and off-beat hobbies among popular selections

Grumpy Taxpayer$ offer Saanich News reporter inaugural media award

Black Press journalist wrote on permissive tax exemptions

Who was Chris Bloomfield, the Mill Bay man shot by police?

A troubled man with a voracious appetite for illicit drugs and a non-conventional lifestyle

VIDEO: Amazon to split second HQ between New York, Virginia

Official decision expected later Tuesday to end competition between North American cities to win bid and its promise of 50,000 jobs

Judge rules pit bull cross, chihuahua owners must split costs for dogfight damage

Eac side responsible for $577.43 towards injuries in Comox Valley incident

Most fatal overdose victims did not have recent police contact: Stats Canada

11 per cent of those who fatally overdosed in B.C. had four or more contacts with the police

Tragic conclusion to search for overdue hiker west of Campbell River

An overdue hiker was found deceased on the shore of Lower Campbell… Continue reading

Calgarians head to the polls to declare ‘yea’ or ‘nay’ on Winter Games

The question “are you for or are you against hosting the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games?” was to be posed to them Tuesday in a plebiscite to help determine whether the city should move ahead with a bid.

Heir’s big birthday: 70 candles lined up for Prince Charles

Prince Charles turns 70 Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, still serving in the heir to the throne role he has filled since he was a young child.

Trudeau lays down challenge to companies in bid to boost trade with Asia

“Building the relationships, building the connections, building the facility and also changing mindsets — getting Canadian companies to see the opportunities we have around the world to partner and invest.”

CNN sues Trump, demanding return of Acosta to White House

CNN is asking for an immediate restraining order to return Acosta to the White House.

US trial to tell epic tale of Mexican drug lord “El Chapo”

Guzman’s long-awaited U.S. trial begins Tuesday in New York

Most Read