Workout Of The Week
This week, I went far out of my comfort zone and tried dance workouts. I’ll preface this article by saying I am not a dancer; I’ve never even done a Zumba class before. That aside, I chose a style of workouts combining dance moves with exercises set to popular music.
Dancing has many health benefits: it’s a great way to improve your cardiovascular health, balance, and strength. It challenges your brain, improving coordination, agility, and memory. Dancing is even proven to improve your mood, and the best part is that you can do it anywhere at anytime.
I followed along with Popsugar’s dance workout videos. Most videos are around 20 minutes long, and you can choose from a wide range of songs from Taylor Swift to Hamilton to Tik Tok songs. In some videos the instructors will offer tips or form corrections to the exercise moves, but that is not standard.
Admittedly, I felt pretty silly doing this at first. But I slowly opened up and it became a fun way to get some exercise in. Exercising to music that you love is a great motivator to get the most out of your workout. The exercises certainly got my heart rate up, but I didn’t feel as satisfied at the end of the 20-minute workout. I think this style is great for cardio work, but I didn’t feel as well-rounded when it came to strength or flexibility. I did notice my coordination slowly improving and moves becoming more fluid - possibly developing a very small amount of rhythm.
Dance workouts are a great alternative to traditional exercises. They’re fun, unique, and can be done anywhere to any kind of music for little to no cost. Even a freestyle dance session can help improve your mood and get your heart rate up. Personally, I don’t think this is my style but it was a great way to have a high-energy mood booster to my day. Be on the lookout for next weeks exercise style: barre!