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Welcome to a series of posts on ways to combat getting older and face 50 (or any age) with humour. Over the coming weeks, I’ll be offering suggestions on how to stay youthful. Today—move it!

I love dancing. I only need the right song to come on the radio and I’m off jigging about the kitchen like a mad thing. Some days, even the Grumpy One will join me in busting some moves. Of course, we’re not very good at it. We don’t do professional dancing, just stuff that would embarrass our offspring should we attempt it in public.

Some music gets right into your body. It lifts your spirits and indeed, if you add dance moves, you can soon feel on top of the world. (And, a little puffed out.)

You too should shake your booty as often as possible. Why?

Whether you choose to do ballroom, Zumba, rock and roll, or simply boogie to some funky pop music, dancing is often overlooked as a ticket to happiness. It’s also good for your health—really good for it.

Studies show that dancing can help you:

  • Lose weight
  • Reduce stress
  • Improve flexibility
  • Make friends and increase social skills
  • Improve heart and lung health
  • Reduce depression
  • Increase muscle tone and strength
  • Improve balance and posture
  • Increase energy levels
  • Lift your spirits

As if these weren’t reasons enough, according to a study in The New England Journal of Medicine, dancing may boost your memory and prevent you from developing dementia as you get older.http://www.picgifs.com/

It is always wise to make sure you are in good health before taking up any form of exercise, so, go and see your doctor for a check-up if you’re older, overweight, or have a medical condition before slipping into a shiny white suit and performing John Travolta moves.

Go the whole hog and sign up to dance classes or a fitness club that offers dance classes. Go line dancing. Try belly dancing (more about that another time) or, like me, simply dance around the house.

If you need a few songs to inspire you, here are some tracks that make us leap about the kitchen like a pair of thirty-year-olds. Bet you can’t guess which ones are Grumpy’s choices.

“Happy” by Pharrell Williams

Dance tip: Wave your arms a lot and smile like crazy. Slide from side to side pretending you’re a Minion.

“1999” by Prince

Dance tip: Go mad. Shake it all about. It’s the end of the century and you’re young and optimistic.

MC Hammer, “U Can’t Touch This”

Dance tip: Hip wiggling and shoulder-shaking fun. Do not attempt back flips or the splits though!

Dancing Queen by Abba.

Dance about: Waft about a lot.

I Gotta Feeling by The Black-Eyed Peas

Dance tip: The chorus lends itself to a bit of a pogo! Let’s live it up!

Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond.

Dance tip: Pretend to have a microphone and sing your heart out or clap with arms above your head.

So, what kind of dancing do you enjoy and what dance songs make you get up out of your chair and start moving? I’d love to hear in the comments below. Come on, don’t be shy…shake that booty!