Dance Features in Health Guidance

A new evidence review has listed dance as one of five key activities everyone should participate in for muscle and bone strengthening and balance. The review by Public Health England argues that dancing as a strengthening and balance activity reduces the risk of falls in older people and also helps improve mood, sleeping patterns, increases energy levels and reduces the risk of an early death.

The review argues that dancing is just as good as going to the gym and suggests that adults should do strengthening and balancing exercises twice a week alongside aerobic exercise. In older adults, poor muscle strength increases the risk of a fall by 76% and those who have already had a fall are three times more likely to fall again.