Just Dance Like No One is Watching

Just dance for health with Smoother health Coaching

One thing that I ask of all my clients who are primarily women over 50 like myself, is to get up from their couch or desk and move often throughout the day. “Often” meaning every 30-60 minutes for at least 5 minutes.

You’ve likely heard people say that sitting is the new smoking, and that is true. While that health PSA may not motivate us to frequently get up off our duffs, looking forward to a fun recharge certainly will.

Enter the dance break…

Dancing offers a number of health benefits for people of all ages and abilities, but finding a class or program that’s just right for YOU can be challenging. Many of the classes out there are focused on weight loss, burning calories and keeping your heart rate elevated for longer periods which stresses out our bodies.

You don’t need a 30 minute class, just a 5 minute session will do.

Here’s what I tell my clients:

Find any song in your music collection (or find a YouTube video of one) that makes you want to jump up and dance and sing along. Think back to when you were young, the songs you played over and over.

Go to a private space – your bedroom, the bathroom, wherever – push play and let loose.

Sing along, move to the beat, be dramatic, work the space your in, feel every sexy motion inside of you and don’t give a flying f*ck what it looks like. Use a room without a mirror if you’re afraid you’ll judge.

Now find another song and do it again.

I’ve put together a playlist of the music on my phone that I love to express myself to, and when it is time for my dance break I simply hit “shuffle” and enjoy whichever comes next.

Here’s an example of a song that I can’t sit still for. I remember when Livin’ La Vida Loca came out and my kids and I would crank it up and dance like crazy in the living room. We played it repeatedly, it never got old.

Go ahead and push play, and see where the rhythm takes you…

(You are welcome for that bit of eye candy.) πŸ˜‰

Here’s why dancing this way is so good for you – it can:

  • Boost your memory and even prevent the onset of dementia
  • Improve cognitive skills like organizing and planning
  • Increase flexibility and reduce stiffness
  • Help you gain better control of your body, using ALL muscles, not just some
  • Improve balance, reducing risk of falls
  • Strengthen heart and improve cardiovascular health
  • Bring on higher levels of self-esteem and body confidence
  • Relieve stress and improve mood
  • Increase energy and overall physical performance
  • Help you control the pace and intensity, and the moves come from your soul

Taking a dance break at work can be a challenge, so you may need to save this for when you are at home.

You also don’t have to do it in hiding – grandkids make excellent dance partners as well as spouses or friends. And if you prefer to do a formal-type of dance rather than freestyling it, please do! Line dancing can be a lot of fun and so can a romantic tango across the kitchen floor.

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Today’s ONE Task:

Come on baby, let’s do The Twist!

You would think as teens in the 80s that we might not know Chubby Checker, but thanks to great shows like Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley, those 50s classics were part of our daily life. So give that jukebox a Fonzie pop and we’ll listen to one of Chubby’s all-time favorites.

Everybody knows how to do the Twist, and if not, you’ll learn very quickly! Break out and give it a try, and really shake that money-maker! 

➀ What other dance crazes do you know how to do? The Mash Potato? Hand Jive? The Bunny Hop? Do you remember where you learned them or where you danced them?

Let us know your answers and other thoughts in the comments below ⇣⇣

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