Dance Exercise for the Winter

Dance Exercise for when it is frozen outsideDance exercise is a new concept to me.  During the spring, summer and fall I get a lot of exercise by taking care of my garden.  Now here we are: the garden is frozen, the days are short and it is COLD outside.  I have taken up dance exercise to keep me fit.  (Please check with your doctor before you start this to see if it is OK for you to do.)

Some music just makes me want to move.  I like the beat and it inspires me to start dancing. So I decided to pick out my favorite music–put it on my i-pod and make up my own dances!  It is cardiovascular exercise and it is fun and exhilarating!  Here are some of my favorite songs:

Happy by Pharrell Williams You can see from all his videos of this song how people like to dance–some videos are 1 hour long!  You can get great dance moves from these videos.  Your kids might like to jump around and dance with you!

Shakira Waka Waka

The Gummy Bear Song

Choose some slow moving songs for rest time.  This will give you time for your heartbeat to normalize.  This way you will have fast, jumpy music and slow relaxing music.

I Hope You Dance

Only Time

The great thing about this dance exercise is that it is fun, nothing to memorize–just make it up as you go along and it is good for you. I always feel so good when i am finished.  I know that I just did something good for my body.  And somehow dancing around to my favorite music lifts my mood and makes me happy.

Dance Exercise as Recommended by High Voltage

I was just recently reading the Sugar Savvy Solution: Kick Your Sugar Addiction for Life and Get Healthy by High Voltage. I would like to get sugar out of my life and eat more healthfully.  The interesting thing about this book is that she also recommends dance exercise.  Here are some quotes from her book:

  • “Do you find exercise boring–this is not a typical exercise routine.”
  • “Move and shout for as long as it feels good…”
  • “Our bodies were designed to move”
  • “the natural high you get from this routine will last all day.”
  • “Magic happens by blending the music and the words”

So really we are on the same page about exercising.  The thing that I don’t do is to shout out affirmations as I do my dancing.  That would certainly enhance my experience.

High Voltage bases her book on five actions to incorporate into your life.  I find these very helpful and I try to remember them every day.

  1. Get hydrated
  2. Be kind assume an attitude of gratitude and forgiveness
  3. Announce your affirmations loudly and proudly
  4. Eat sugar savvy approved(meaning very little sugar)
  5. Move your body

Good luck trying the new world of making up your own dance exercise!  You’ll love it so much you will even do it when it is gardening weather and you are getting your gardening exercise!