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Dancing at home can offer a convenient and efficient workout program

I've always been what I consider to be reasonably motivated when it comes to exercise and fitness. Over the years, I've done a number of formal group programs including dance-based workouts like Jazzercise and Zumba. But a change in my work schedule, as well as some family obligations, has made it more difficult to put the time in that way.

dancer-jumpSo now I put on some comfortable clothes, usually my old yoga pants and a sweatshirt, crank up whatever music I feel like hearing, as long as it's lively and gets your body moving, and then just dance. I know some people who use a dance workout video which I'm sure can be helpful, but I just kind of do my own freeform thing along with some of the routines I learned in classes. I don't think anyone is going to mistake it for Dancing with the Stars, but what I do definitely gets my heart rate up and helps tone my legs. It also burns some calories. I miss the social contact of a group sometimes, but I love the convenience of dancing whenever I have some time, and all in all, I'm sure I'm getting a good workout.


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