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Move Your Body

Some of us long to be fit and healthy. Others want to lose weight. Some want to increase their stamina, while still others simply want to tone up and look sexier. While the solution to all these problems lies in exercise, most of us are unwilling, too lazy, or simply too tied up to put in the effort a workout requires. It's not always due to laziness though. We may be otherwise active and hardworking individuals, but when it comes to working out, we clearly cannot find the motivation. Certain exercises seem boring, while others are just too time consuming, or require too much monetary investment or discipline. 

So if you find exercising alone a little too monotonous for your liking, and if you see yourself constantly putting it off for the tomorrow that never seems to come, perhaps its time you hung up your keds and put on your dancing shoes. 

Dancing ranges from being a mild to a strenuous form of aerobic workout, depending upon how vigorous your moves are. The best part? It's a lot of fun. 

You will need

Learning any particular dance form by joining a class for formal training does wonders for your posture, and goes a long way in making you more graceful and poised. However, if all you are looking for is a fun way to exercise and lose weight, you merely need access to a music system, a radio or cassettes with dance music, and space. 

Do you have a full-length mirror? If yes, set up your little studio in front of it. You will find your workout far more interesting if you can watch yourself move. In addition, dancing in front of a mirror also helps you perfect your dance movements. 


In addition to the obvious benefit or making you fit, the more you dance, the better a dancer you will be. Your movements will become more fluid, and your sense of rhythm will improve. You will also gradually start developing and discovering new moves, and while we can't guarantee that you will win a dance contest, you will definitely not stay off the dance floor because you have 'two left feet'.  

Further benefits include: 

  • Dancing builds leg muscles, and tones your thighs and hips. 
  • It is a cardiovascular workout. The constant movement and swings contribute to strengthening the heart. 
  • Dancing also increases flexibility, improves your balance and your posture. 
  • The combined effect of music and dance helps reduce your stress levels.

Maximise your workout

Don't just move your legs about. Try hand movements and swings. The next time you are watching a Hindi movie, don't stare blankly at the song and dance numbers. See if you can pick up a few steps. Better still, every time a song and dance number comes up on television, get up and burn a few additional calories by trying to imitate the steps. This way you will keep picking up new steps for your dance workout.  

Dance for around 45 minutes, at least three times a week, if not everyday. Keep a particular time aside, perhaps in the evening if you are rushing for work in the morning. Turn the volume up, and shake it, baby.  

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