Dance for your bones

You're probably here because you'd like to find out more about dancing for good bone health.

The great news is, you're in the right place.

Dancing is a great form of weight-bearing exercise, a type of exercise that can help bones grow healthy and strong. To celebrate the good that dance can do for bone health and the benefits of staying active in old age, The Duchess of Cornwall, President of the National Osteoporosis Society, recently hosted a tea dance at Buckingham Palace, attended by Strictly Come Dancing professional dancers and judges, Charity members, and community groups.

More than three million people in the UK are affected by osteoporosis (low bone strength), which results in approximately 500,000 broken bones a year - that's one every minute. Osteoporosis is most common in older women, but men and younger people can also suffer from low bone strength and painful broken bones. The good news is, whatever your age, there are changes you can make to the way you live your life - including the exercise you do - to help improve your bone health and lower your risk of breaking a bone. Select an option below to find out more and remember... keep dancing!

Dancing for your bones

Whether it's a fabulous foxtrot, a lively line dance or a tremendous tango, dancing is great for your bones and enormous fun.

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Spread the word about dance

Why not show us you and your family's best salsa steps, Charleston swivel or favourite dance on social media? Tag #DanceForBones, to help spread the word about the amazing things that dance can do for bone health.

It is estimated that every year in the UK there are more than 500,000 broken bones caused by osteoporosis.

Weight-bearing exercise Q&As

We know it's great for bone health, but what exactly does 'weight-bearing' mean, and how much of it do you need to do to enjoy the benefits?

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Bone-building dance and exercise

Exercise is important for everyone at all stages of life, but is especially important for people with osteoporosis and at risk of fracture.

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Take on the 206 Challenge

Whether it's 206 miles, 206 star jumps or 206 samba walks, the 206 Challenge is designed to get you active and do good for your bones.

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1 in 2 people who have broken a bone have given up sport or exercise or reduced what they do.

Support our exercise campaign

We want to help people of all ages learn how enjoyable exercise can help their bone health, and create tools and information to help them get active.

How you can help

What is osteoporosis?

You may not have heard about osteoporosis before, or are unsure about how it affects people or why bones can lose their strength.

About osteoporosis

The Strictly Christmas special

Find out more about the tea dance hosted by our President, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, as part of the Strictly Come Dancing special.

Read the story

Behind the scenes photos

Enjoy a peek at photos from the day of filming at Buckingham Palace, held to raise awareness of osteoporosis and the importance of active ageing.

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More than 3 million people in the UK are estimated to have osteoporosis.

Meet the lucky members

Find out more about our four fantastic couples, what got them in to dancing and what they thought of their experience dancing at the Palace.

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Missed the Strictly Christmas special?

You can still see what happened when members danced at Buckingham Palace by watching the episode on BBC iPlayer.

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Eating well for your bones

We know that calcium is important for our bones, but there are many other vitamins and nutrients that are essential for good bone health.

Fuel your bones

The true impact of osteoporosis

Being active is vital for bones, but for some, osteoporosis can stop them doing just that - because of broken bones, pain and other consequences.

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Curious about osteoporosis and bone health? Order an information pack

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