Online fitness classes offer participants chance to virtually socialise
Clubbercise, the exercise class with disco lights and LED glow sticks, said that a recent survey shows that taking part in online dance fitness classes regularly is helping people cope with the mental health challenges posed by the coronavirus crisis.
Over 1,000 people responded to the survey which was circulated to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week (18th-25th May).
91% of respondents said that the coronavirus situation had negatively affected their mental health. 97% of them said that dance fitness classes had improved their mental health and 84% said it had a reasonable or significant impact.
The majority of people who took part in the survey have been attending two or more online dance fitness classes a week.
The most common mental health conditions the respondents have been battling are anxiety (68%), stress (67%), and depression (46%).
Denise Worker, owner of D & G Fitness Studio, is a Clubbercise instructor with a studio at Wharley Farm, College Road, Cranfield. Like many people she has had to learn how to host meetings online while balancing ‘normal’ work tasks, homeschooling and housework. She said:
“Due to COVID-19 life as we knew it has changed and this will affect people in different ways. I had just opened my new fitness studio, for me there was no question that I needed to take my classes online.
“I’m definitely no technical expert and it’s not without troubles, but it means I can teach all of my studio classes online. It means we can see each other, chat, laugh and exercise, it’s great for everyone.”
The main reasons dance fitness classes is said to have improved mental health
Survey respondents were asked to identify the main reasons why they believe Clubbercise and other dance fitness classes have improved their mental health.
At the top of the list were:
- The combination of dancing, music and exercise
- The element of fun
- The chance to get some ‘me time’ away from everything
- The chance to virtually socialise with people outside the home
One of Denise’s regulars said:
“Being able to have an hour a day participating in an online fitness class has done me the world of good, both mentally and physically.
“I have enjoyed the human interaction, and the support that you get from chatting to others all in the same boat.”
Another, JR, from Marston, said:
“During Lockdown, I have been working from home. I’m finding that my workload is intense, so I look forward to Denise’s classes as a release from the day!”
16% of respondents said they had not participated in face-to-face classes before lockdown and were completely new to dance fitness classes. Claire Burlison, Clubbercise Founder & Brand Director said:
“The results of this survey are just incredible and I’m really happy that we’ve been able to take our classes online.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for Clubbercise to reach more people around the world, improving both their physical and mental health during this difficult time and beyond…”
Denise runs all sorts of classes including family sessions, Pilates, zumba, fat burning and of course Clubbercise. She said:
“I’ve also created an online VIP group so those that want to do lots of classes get great value for money but more importantly they can workout when they want to and it creates a safe place to chat.
“Everyone supports each other.”
Visit this Facebook Page for more information about Denise’s exercise classes.