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Spicing Up Your Workout Routine: 3 Dance Moves to Try Out

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A workout routine does not have to be boring if you incorporate some dance moves into your exercise. With all the physical activity of an intense nature that dancing provides, it is clear that dancing is a great opportunity for you to burn off a lot of calories in any one session. The added bonus of using dance moves to exercise or lose weight is that it does not feel like exercise, because you will likely be caught up in the fun of the dancing activity and therefore be enjoying yourself too much to see it as actually working out.

Jazz Dancing

Jazz dancing can spice up any workout because you don't have to have a partner (a big plus), and you can learn basic moves in a short period of time. One of the most basic forms of jazz dancing that you can try out is the Jazz Square. The Jazz Square is a fluid, easy dance move where you can complete a square in four short steps:

  • Stand with your feet together and your arms at your sides. Begin to step your right foot across your left foot.
  • You then step back, but this time with your left foot.
  • Follow that by stepping to the side with your right foot.
  • Finally, step forward with your left leg.

At this juncture, you are ready to step your right leg across your left leg to start yet another Jazz Square. This can add up to a really good workout routine.

80s Dance Moves

If you want to really spice up your workout routine, you can go very old-school and head to the 80s for inspiration. Some of this decade's biggest dance moves came from popular singers, so it is a very interesting way of getting in a workout. For instance, you can try the Fairy Dance that you may have seen in videos by groups like The Smiths. Simply hold out your hands in front of you loosely while you also lower your arms. Begin to wave both hands and arms about as you sway your body to music. At this point, it would obviously help greatly if you had music playing that was appropriate for the dance.

Pole Dancing

Not for strippers exclusively anymore, pole dancing is catching on more than you might expect or think with some women. You just show up for a pole dancing class (those are popping up more, too), which features music and pulse-pounding beats, which automatically build up the energy level for a workout. Then, you launch yourself into a workout that includes both twirling around the pole in a more intense manner followed by a slower routine, which emphasizes slower movements to cool the body down at the end of a workout.

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