News: Research Shows Dance is Best for Bones

Tuesday 23 November 2010

Craig Revel Horwood joined young dancers from I Love Salsa on 26 October 2010 to highlight the bone-heath benefits of dance. The event followed research from Glasgow Caledonian University showing that dance provided more of the right level of impact needed to build strong bones than walking, side stepping or marching.

Craig Revel Horwood, patron of the National Osteoporosis Society is helping the charity spread the word to encourage more people to take up dancing.

Craig Revel Horwood, who has released a demonstration video of himself performing a Boogie for your Bones dance, comments, “Dance is one of the best forms of weight-bearing exercise, it is invigorating, engaging and exciting and most importantly it appeals to everyone. I was inspired by the desire to create a simple but fun dance that encourages everyone to stay active and enjoy themselves.”

Osteoporosis is one of the most common diseases in the UK. One in two women and one in five men over the age of 50 will break a bone, mainly due to osteoporosis. Yet most people don’t know the steps they can take to keep their bones healthy from a young age, and more than 40% of people are unaware that exercise, such as dance, can help reduce the risk of the fragile bone disease.

Rob Dawson of the National Osteoporosis Society said: “Osteoporosis causes pain and misery to millions of people every year. However, there are some simple things you can do, like taking exercise, eating a calcium enriched diet and getting vitamin D through sunshine to reduce your risk.

The Boogie for your Bones dance plan, exclusive song, demonstration film and more information can be found at www.bones4life.org/boogieforyourbones

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