Two women having fun in a dancing class

How long has it been since you had a dance to your favourite music?

Dancing is great for people of all ages, shapes and sizes. And best of all, it only takes about eight songs for you to get 30 minutes of exercise. So let your hair down, pump some tunes, and get moving. There’s a whole world of different options from ballroom to breakdancing, salsa to square-dancing. Try a few until you find the style that’s right for you.

As well as being great fun, dancing is:

  • good for managing your weight
  • improves your heart and lung health
  • improves your strength and aerobic fitness
  • improves balance, spatial awareness and motor skills
  • and it’s good for your mental wellbeing (though your neighbours might disagree if you have the volume too high!).

If you really love it, you might want to try a class, which is a great way to meet new people and make it part of your routine. Most dance classes take one-off or term-based sign-ups, so you can try one style for a few months, and then switch it up.

Don’t forget: when you’re getting active or trying something new, it might be a good idea to talk to your health professional to ensure what you’re doing is right for you.