Don’t Just Walk, Dancewalk!
Not only does dance have artistic value, its health benefits have been greatly extolled in the fitness community. Just look at a dancer; they have wonderfully toned bodies and are clearly strong, flexible and agile human beings. Dance as a moderate, low-impact form of exercise can:
- strengthen muscles
- tone the body
- improve posture and balance
- increase stamina and flexibility
- help boost memory
Walking is also a low impact exercise that is often times seen as only a means to an end – a way to get to one’s final destination. Unless you are going for the gold medal in Olympic speed walking (it’s a real thing, I promise), walking does not have to be a strenuous task or a competition with your fellow pedestrian. You can choose your pace and even stop to smell the roses. When the weather is nice, I like to go for a leisurely stroll on my lunch break. It’s a great way to get fresh air and also create a much needed interlude for my day.
When you combine dancing and walking together, you have dance walking! I know this may be stating the obvious, however how often do you actually see someone uninhibitedly dancing down the middle of a crowded sidewalk or while they are waiting for the bus/train? As often as people have headphones in their ears and are listening to music, generally the most movement you see is a foot tap or head bob. Occasionally I have seen a shoulder shimmy. Once or twice I have seen full-out dancing.
Blogosphere: Today I ask you to step outside of your comfort zone and let the dancer in you come out in public. Chances are you will never see those other pedestrians again AND I guarantee you will brighten someone’s day.
So next time you are walking down the street,
Listening to something fun and upbeat,
Consider dance walking.
Promise it will be a treat!