I’m not gonna lie. I used to shake (shake, shake) my head at all the folks who were trying to Zoomba their way to fitness. “That is NOT real,” I used to tell anyone who would listen. “Dancing isn’t gonna make you fit!” Fast forward. Over the past few years, I’ve become a bit of fitness expert. As a result, I’ve had to help people of different shapes, sizes, and temperaments get fit. And I’m not gonna recommend something for them that I’m not willing to try myself. So, reluctantly, I finally gave dance a try. And, guess what? It rocks! Here are my top three reasons why dance is good way to get it right and keep it tight!
- “All I Do Is Win” (DJ Khaled) – Look, if you’re anything like me you always kick it into high gear when someone hops on the treadmill next to you. All of a sudden, you’re more worried about “beating” them in a make-believe race than sticking with your goals and pace. With dance, there’s no reason to compete. I mean, sure, you have to learn the choreography but dance is a nice way to get in shape without feeling like you can’t keep up with the people around you.
- “Drop It Like It’s Hot” (Snoop Dogg) – Lissen, how you dance is just how you dance. All twerks are not created equal. So, even if the sister-girl with the big hair next to you is killing it, you’re more likely to give her a high–five than throw her shade. You’ve been dancing all your life, girl. You already know what you’re working with. Now, use it to get in shape!
- “Move Your Body” (Beyonce) – Pumping iron def serves its purpose but if you want more of a practical workout, pull on some leggings and hit the dance studio! A dance workout will build your muscles in a much different way than, let’s say, using the Nautilus machine. Plus, dance skills are always practical because … weddings. You never know when you might have to turn up and get the party started at a boring wedding reception. Just sayin’.
Anyway, hopefully I’ve given you enough reasons to give fitness dancing a try. For those of you in the NYC area, check out Grillz and Granola, a fun dance class that incorporates trap and rap music. Or try my latest dance addiction, Vixen Workout, but def bring your heels, ladies! Also, I haven’t tried it yet but I hear amazing things about the Boss Chick Dance Workout, which literally shows you how to twerk your way to fitness. I’m so curious!