Home Workouts: Dancing To Music in The Living Room

I love working out from home for many reasons. Most importantly because I don’t need to drive anywhere, and I can wear whatever I want.

I can also do home workouts at any time I feel like doing them.

Especially if I’m in the mood to dance. Do you know how many calories you can burn just by dancing around at home?

It’s awesome!

Dancing fuels my soul. It gets me excited, it makes me feel happy, and it gives me energy. There’s nothing better than just letting loose and dancing your heart out.

Especially when you’re home alone and you can turn the music up nice and loud.

Have you ever done this?

Okay, maybe not like this exactly…but you know what I mean…

freestyle dancing

I do this at least once a week. Β In fact, I did this last week. On our TV subscription we have about 40 or so music channels. I like to switch between 90s music, today’s hits, familiar favourites, dance, and power hits.

  • All I did was push back the couches and coffee table to clear a space to move around in.
  • Then I got changed into something comfortable – I usually go for stretchy pants and a tank top, but you can wear anything that allows you to move freely.
  • In summer time I dance barefoot, and in winter I like to put on some trainers.

I grabbed a bottle of water from the fridge and I was ready to go.

The Warm up

Even if you’re doing home workouts, it’s very important to warm up.

I spend about 5 minutes doing some light movements and a few stretches just to warm things up and get the blood moving.

Don’t tire yourself out in the warm up, it’s just about warming the body up and getting it ready to exercise.

The Workout

If you have a dance workout DVD – this is a lot of fun too, but for anyone who doesn’t and who feels like going with the flow and choreographing their own moves – dancing to music is the absolute best.

I usually spend about 20 – 30 minutes dancing. I dance to whatever type of song is on. For example, if it’s a slower song, I’ll do some ballet moves and such. If it’s a R&B or hip hop song, I’ll do hip hop moves and some kickboxing, etc.

The most fun you’ll probably have is by doing freestyle dancing. There is no worrying about what you look like, you just go with the flow and dance freely – however you feel like dancing to music.

The best part is – no one is watching you, so you’re really free to experiment and go a little crazy. Pretend you’re a backup dancer or on stage, or whatever. Just have fun with it.

The Cool down

As with the warm up, cooling down is also important because after an intense workout like that you’re going to want to stretch out your muscles to avoid injury.

Calm your breathing down and do a few basic stretches for your arms, legs, back, and other muscles that you used while dancing.

It’s a good idea to invest in a workout or yoga mat if you don’t already have one.

Need some inspiration?

If you’re an Usher fan, take a look at some of these dance moves from a dance finale on Randy Jackson America’s Best Dance Crew:

Photo credit: photostock, freedigitalphotos.net

 

Health and happiness…

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  1. I love this post! I totally agree with you. Dancing around the living room is the most fun form of exercise ever! If you want to keep updated with the latest on living room dancing then feel free to check out Professional Amateur Living Room Dancers on Facebook!
    Keep up the good work!
    Liz
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Hi Liz! Thanks so much, I’ll pop over now to check it out. πŸ™‚

  2. Hi Mel!! This is a wonderful health blog. And yes, dance is a great way to get healthy!! Thanks for sharing…and will pick it up too
    Michelle Liew recently posted…My adventure at Tiong Bahru!My Profile

    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Thank you Michelle! πŸ™‚

  3. I dance when nobody is watching all the time…I even sing too:). Of course, I’m not allowed to do this if the kids are home! I’m really NOT a good dancer! Lol

    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      LOL! Oh no…I’m sure you’re a good dancer! Singing when no one is home is the BEST!

  4. I love living room dance parties- kitchen dance parties too! I try not to be too heavy on my feet because there is an apartment below me!
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Haha! Luckily, we’ve never had that problem. Only ever stayed on the ground floor of flats. Kitchen parties are fun too!

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