The former Hollyoaks actor finished in second place on the BBC ballroom show last December.
In an interview with PA, the 28-year-old commented: "I'm going to continue the dancing because it really was an inspiration, it changed my life.
"It's fantastic fitness and a great feeling to know if a song comes on I can grab someone and lead them through a dance, or pick a woman and foxtrot with her and do something quite beautiful. I really have a new-found respect for dancers. It's a gift to have, I was honoured to be on that show."
Asked whether he has kept in touch with Strictly partner Natalie Lowe, he replied: "She's been very busy, so I've not. I kept in touch while she was on tour, but she shot off to Oz to be with her family so I've not seen her for a long time now."
Whittle is currently hunting for new projects after bowing out of his soap role.