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Why I . . . dance

BMJ 2020; 369 doi: (Published 15 June 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m2247
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London, UK

Consultant rheumatologist Richard Hull tells Adrian O’Dowd why Scottish country dancing is the perfect blend of physical and mental exercise

One well accepted way of destressing after work is physical exercise—but add mental concentration and fun, and the results are all the better. So says Richard Hull, partially retired consultant rheumatologist based at the Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

Hull, who qualified from the University of Birmingham in 1975, has enjoyed a lifetime of dancing as a hobby and would recommend it to anyone.

Part of the reason the hobby is so enjoyable is the mix of physical and mental exercise that it offers. “Some of the dances are quite a memory test,” Hull says. “It’s not just a physical thing; it’s two hours …

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