Dance Walking for the First Time

To keep exercising and feeling healthy in the midst of a demanding work schedule, I’ve been trying to at least take a morning walk through the hills in my neighborhood. It doesn’t replace dance classes (which I wish I could take every day!), but it gets me moving, outdoors and energized.

Today, I decided to do something different. I decided to “dance walk”.

I was inspired by the adorable Ben Aaron and his dancing through the streets of NYC, and by the fact that I finally charged my freaking iPod.

Check out how Ben got the idea for “dance walk fitness” and what he did about it:

So, this morning, I grabbed my iPod and set out with my wedding playlist blaring in my ears.

It was an incredible workout! Heart rate up, working up a sweat and having SO much fun! I felt totally happy and energized.

It was 8 am on a Saturday morning, so there weren’t too many people around but I wondered what people in the passing cars thought.

I probably looked a little strange.

Kinda like this:

But I really didn’t care! I was getting down to these shake-your-booty dance classics:

  • Get Down Tonight (KC & the Sunshine Band)
  • Hey Ya! (Outkast)
  • Brickhouse (The Commodores)
  • Love Shack (The B-52s)
  • Twistin’ the Night Away (Sam Cooke) – and yes, I twisted!
  • Respect (Aretha Franklin)

Would you ever try dance walking? If you saw someone on the street doing it – what would you think? Would you join them?

I had so much fun and got such a good workout, that I’m going to make it a normal part of my routine!


3 thoughts on “Dance Walking for the First Time

  1. This is awesome, Melissa! I used to do this all the time up and down the beach when I was in Costa Rica 🙂 I still do it every now and then when a great jam comes on in my playlist (and I don’t think anybody’s looking).

    Great post!

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