Dance Your Way to Health

With a few more weeks of dark mornings and evenings ahead, finding the energy or motivation to go for a run or head to the gym can be difficult. But with so many winter bugs doing the rounds, it’s important for your wellbeing to keep fit and healthy.

Finding an exercise that fits in with your interests and routine is crucial, and many people are finding that dance is the perfect answer. According to the Arts Council, there’s been an amazing 83% increase in dancing over the past four years, thanks in no small part to the success of shows like Strictly Come Dancing.

The British Heart Foundation says that 30 minutes of moderate exercise, such as dancing, five times a week can halve your risk of a heart attack. And you don’t even need to splurge on dance classes or fitness DVDs to take part – as long as you’re moving around, getting warm and working up a slight sweat then it doesn’t matter whether you’re dancing in your front room or a nightclub!

"Dancing is becoming increasingly popular as a great alternative to sport or the gym," says Emma Redding, a dance scientist from the contemporary dance college Laban. "Not only does it enhance many aspects of physical fitness but it also improves our wellbeing and triggers the same post-exercise high."

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