Dance for Fitness

Dance for Fitness

Primitive man found that a bone tapped on a rock made a pleasing noise, and ever since then we have been moving to music. In modern times, that inbuilt love of rhythm can still give us an incentive to keep fit.

Here are just 3 of the many ways to dance yourself fit:


Beginning with Latin rhythms and expanding to all kinds of music, Zumba has become a global phenomenon in fifteen years. Recognising that not everyone is a Latin American dance god or goddess, the classes now offer many more variations. ‘Classic’ Zumba can be hard on the knees, so there are lower impact versions which cater for this. There’s also step and aqua versions, and even Zumba for toddlers. The idea is that you’ll have so much fun, you won’t notice how hard you are working.


Fancy something a little more classical?  The fitness, strength and flexibility of ballet dancers inspired the barre workout, which was created back in 1959 by an ex-ballerina. Classes usually offer a combination of mat-work and time at the barre. The first section includes planks and arm work, and the barre section concentrates on legs.

This is a dance-based workout that doesn’t actually need any ability to dance, and will give your muscles more exercise than you realise.


Social tango is very different from the ‘sparkles and fake tan’ show version on the TV. The bona fide Argentinian version of this dance is slower, graceful and a masterpiece of co-ordination between two people. There are no fitness pre-requisites or age limits.

Tango is very good for your core muscles, and improves your posture. It also strengthens hips and ankles, and the long and lean moves help to create long and lean muscles. Even the gentler paces will raise your heart rate, and a tango class is a very relaxed experience.

Throwing some shapes is a great way to improve yours, so ask at your gym to see what is on offer.

The Author

Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.


Claire H.
10 October 2017

Claire H.

Pole fitness is also a great way to keep in shape and is loads of fun.

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