Former Strictly judge Len Goodman reveals how dancing and exercise have been the secret to a great retirement.

Len Goodman

One of my favourite authors said, ‘You’re never too old to set another goal or dream another dream’, and I think that’s a very good mantra. Life is a bit of an adventure, and you realise that more as you get older.

I’m very fortunate – I’m retired, but if a job comes along that I fancy doing, I can just do it.


‘I’ve got a marvellous wife who looks after me and a hobby that I love – playing golf. Hobbies are marvellous things to have – if you haven’t got one, you should try to find one.

I love going to meet my mates at the golf club for a cup of tea. It’s special – having somewhere to go to talk with people of a similar age, and discuss all the things that we’re planning to do and the places we’re going to visit.

Every day my wife and I go for a walk and we’ve found places we didn’t know existed. We’ve rigged up the garage as a sort of gym, where we can do a few exercises and weights. She has to make me work out, but I feel terrific afterward!

Occasionally a nice bit of music comes on and I say to my wife, ‘Let’s have a little shuffle around.’ It’s a lovely thing to do, and I wish more people would dance, as it’s so good for you. It’s good exercise, improves co-ordination and stimulates your brain. It’s a great hobby to have.

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