Fitness Friday – Dancing Queen

For those of you who don’t know me well enough to have been by my side while line dancing at a country bar or bouncing along to blasted tunes in a basement, I’ll tell you straight up: I’m a horrible dancer. I struggled through basic choreography in my elementary school dance classes (thank goodness that only lasted a year), I made sure I was in the back of the group during my high school’s flash mob, and it took quite a few shots of liquid courage to get me to even attempt learning any line dances. But despite my fumbling, my two left feet, and my overall lack of rhythm, I have still always loved to dance.

Now, when I say I love to dance I mean I love to bounce along to upbeat music or throw my hands into the air while screaming out lyrics to whatever catchy Taylor Swift song is blasting overhead. I’m not really one for learning choreography and getting the moves right but that’s never stopped me from hitting the dance floor. Which, most often, is just the hardwood of my apartment.

Random dance parties in the kitchen were a big part of my childhood and they remain one of the ways I like to blow off some steam. I like to turn on music when I’m cooking and cleaning in order to make it go by much quicker but more recently I’ve turned to dance parties as an actual form of exercise. For any of you who have spent a couple hours jumping around at a concert or shuffling about at the club, you know that dancing is a pretty damn good workout. I also have friends who are much more talented when it comes to dance and they’re big inspirations on how it can make you look good and feel good.

So with all this in mind, last week I turned on some tunes and danced my way around the apartment. You could call it a mix of contemporary, jazz and hip hop, but really it was just a mess of flailing limbs and me hoping the floors are thick enough that my neighbours won’t be coming to kill me any time soon. I put on three of DJ Earworm’s United States of Pop mash-ups and just went to town. By the end of it I had a thin layer of sweat on my skin and I was completely warmed up for the pilates workout I was going to do. And to top it all off, my Fitbit counted the dancing as over 1,000 steps.

Now that we’ve got the preamble out of the way, I’d like to officially announce a new instalment into my Fitness Friday routine. I really want this blog to be about more than just telling everyone about my experiences, I want to be able to provide useful tips and resources for others to enjoy and use as well. With that in mind, I have decided that random Fitness Fridays will feature a dance party mix. I will be sharing little clusters of feel good dance music that I use to warm up and dance it out. The playlists will be short (10-20 minutes) and are just meant to get you up and moving. Sometimes they will be themed, other times it’ll be a really random mix of songs that I just like to dance to.

So here’s Volume One:

If you have the time, why not get up and bounce around right now? You don’t have to make it through the whole mix but it’s never a bad idea to shake out your muscles and get moving. Little changes like dancing around every day can lead to big changes in the end, and you might just have some fun while you’re at it.

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