By day I am a health professional. By night I am a writer. I love the opportunity that writing provides to be creative and share my knowledge and experiences.
Published April 17th 2012
When was the last time you danced? I don't mean moved to the music in the car, had a dance at a club or pub or held your child's hands as they jumped up and down; I mean really danced with no inhibitions.
Did you ever turn the music up loud in your bedroom as a teenager, close the door and go crazy because no-one was watching (or so you hoped). Maybe you played the same song over and over again and danced while you sang at the top of your lungs.
Having young children has certainly helped me to 'get my dance back'. There is nothing quite like taking a break from the dishes and dancing like crazy with your child as your favourite Wiggles or Justine Clarke song comes on the T.V. Forget about everything for 3 minutes and just enjoy the moment. The benefits are enormous.
Firstly, watch the huge smile on your child's face as they see you do something different than usual. It has got to be great for your health too – the exercise will get your heart rate going and the release of happy hormones in your body will help you to feel good for a while later.
Kids are a good excuse for dancing, but they are not essential. If you are keen to have a go, listening to some of your old favourites is a great way to get in the mood. Get out your old CDs, tapes or dare I say records. You donated all of those to a second-hand store, don't despair, pick a few of your old favourites and download them. If you need inspiration check out these lists of all-time favourite dance hits.
Dancing in the privacy of your home is fun, safe and free. You can do it anytime of the day or night and regardless of the weather. All you need is 3 minutes, but be warned it is so addictive that it may turn into 30mins. Include your kids, dance in front of a mirror or dance while doing the housework.