Everyone knows that it’s good to exercise but sometimes it’s hard to find the time or motivation needed to get you and your family active.

But exercise doesn’t have to be a chore it can be fun! This week, families had a boogie and a wiggle at a new free family-friendly dance session, delivered through A Better Start Southend.

Active Families for parents/carers and their children from 1 to 3 years, will run every Monday between 1.30pm and 2.30pm at Centre Place Family Centre until 17 October.

Mum Ani brought along her three year old son Vincent, she said: “I enjoy dancing, aerobics and Zumba so thought I’d give this a try. It’s good for my son’s development. The music makes him happy and the exercise is good for his body.”

Mandy and 16 month old daughter Amberley also joined in the fun: “I did something similar with my son when he was young and now he’s in school so it’s nice for me to have time just with Amberley.”

Active Life deliver these sessions as well as Buggy Active, a gentle exercise session for parents/carers with babies along the seafront on a Tuesday morning, and Activise, for pregnant women.

Sarah Potts, from Active Life says: “Giving birth is a hugely physical event and the fitter and healthier mums are throughout their pregnancy the better they will cope at the birth. Keeping healthy is so important and the Activise sessions consisting of Pilates and mindful based exercises to help mums feel stronger, deal with tiredness, stress and generally feel healthier.”

Activise sessions are running at Centre Place Family Centre every Wednesday 11am – 12noon until 23 November. Booking required, please phone 01702 567327.

For more information on healthy living classes in Southend visit www.southendinfopoint.org or www.activelife.uk.com.