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Dancing is not only fun, but it's exercise too!

Posted Mar 22 2009 3:19pm
I have always loved to dance. No, I never took dance lessons as a child. We loved music and to dance for fun, but we never had the money, or even suggested, dance lessons.

But that did not stop me in the 70's and 80's! Disco watch out. We had great fun in those days. Dancing was such fun. Hey, we danced all night, or until the "Last Dance" and had to leave the bars. And just as many do now, back then, girls would dance together, just to get out on the dance floor and dance. Did I view dancing as exercise? I doubt it, it was a way to have fun.

I love those inspirational signs that say .... sing like no one is listening, and dance, dance, dance like no one is watching ... That is just about the majority of the dancing I do now, around the house, with no one watching. I love to put on music while cleaning, and jam around the house. Did you see Mamma Mia? I love the song, Dancing Queen, it is a great song with a lot of energy. Joking around the house when alone or kidding around with my husband, I do not think of dancing as exercise, it is just plan fun.

But you know, lately I have been looking for any type exercise tape that is not BORING. I have some I like, such as Leslie Sansone, Walk Away the Pounds, she is great. But to be honest, I get bored with that after a period of time. I even tried the Hip Hop Abs series. It is a workout, and somewhat of a challenge, but that even got boring after a while. Sorry Shaun T.

That is why I have been looking for a variety or a change in exercise tapes. And lately I have been thinking about some dance tapes for exercise.

My sister recently told me she had purchased a dance exercise tape. Not sure which one she purchased, but I found one at Costco the other day and thought, what the heck, I am just building a nice collection. So I purchased a Dance Off the Inches DVD. The one I purchased was the Dance it off Ballroom DVD. Well, I am just glad I can do this in the privacy of my home!!

This dancing is not fun, it is work!

The tape said Ballroom Dancing. I thought, how hard can that be? So I skipped the tutorial section and went straight to the full program. Oh my gosh, it was so hard. And this from a former dancing queen! I tried to do it in my office during my lunch break, but did not have enough room. So this weekend, I took the time to go through the tutorial and the full 40 minute exercise routine. Dancing is no longer fun, it is exercise! I mentioned to my daughter who was home this weekend that I had made it through the tape, and it was not easy. She made the comment, now you know why the dancers look so good and are in such great shape.

I realized while doing the routine, I don't have the coordination I had 25 years ago, nor the speed, but I love a challenge. Doing something like this does give you a greater appreciation for those who enter Dancing with the Stars, most notably the "older" contestants who compete. You have to admire all the contestants for the time and energy they put in the dances.

So, as I "dance, dance, dance with no one watching, I hope to master the Samba, Cha Cha and Jive! I doubt if I take the moves to the dance floor as the instructor suggests, but I hope to exercise some parts of my body while having a little fun. I am visualizing me in one of those great dance outfits they wear on Dancing with the Stars! With that in mind, my shorts should fit this summer.

In checking out the website links, I noticed there is a Country Line Dance DVD! Yew Haw! I think I will try that next! I will keep you posted on my progress. Dance, dance, dance ....... where are my Glucosamine & Chondroitin tablets?
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