After a certain age or stage in life, opportunities to dance dry up. Why don’t we dance more? Slapping the steering wheel and nodding my head is as close as I get. Would you like to grab that hairbrush and wail into it while jogging like an impatient 3 year old? A national kiss of death came during an episode of Seinfeld, where Elaine is enthusiastically dancing totally convinced she looks amazing, while horrified bystanders wince nearby. So long electric slide, so long shimmy, hello humming, hello head nodding.
I know you look great when you shake your business. I have told all kinds of people that I can’t get enough of watching you work it out. So why do you listen to that voice in your head that says you look spas-tastic? If the voice in my head were actually able to see me undulate to I Melt with You, I might take some caution in my moves-but it can’t. As a matter of fact, I feel love for the whole world when I disappear in dance, so that has to be good right?
Here is the thing, when you dance you passively move your large muscle groups. Moving your large muscle groups passively increases range of motion and some other stuff. That is sexy right? It is sexy if you are into big fat oxygen loaded cells. When those muscles reach, contract and cabbage patch-this flush of happy oxygen floods exiting waste areas and makes repair opportunities right inside you!
Every time you raise your arm to lasso your spouse you heal! When you reel them in, you are actually squeezing out the days fatigue and allowing these beautiful chubby oxygen rich cells to enter deeply into your muscle belly. When you slap your rump you compress tissue and that is physically a slap of love. The more you get your freak on, the more you move your freak out.
I am not talking slow dancing to Rod Stewarts Great American Standards either. No one likes Ella Fitzgerald singing some Cole Porter more than me, but if you think she is going to pump that healing elixir into your stiff joints you are wrong. You are looking for music that pulls you out of your seat, music that when you hear it on the car radio you bite your lower lip and say “Oh yeah.” Music that as soon as it starts one of your children panics “mom don’t!” That is the music that will stir those muscles into their stress free jam. No build-up, no stress, just a fun easy exchange of old for awesome.
Dougie: This is a great dance move for shoulder pain
Wobble: Practice this if you feel dead inside
Elaine dance from Seinfeld: Confidence booster~ you know you can do better!
You can dance for health. You will enjoy it and your muscles will have more flexibility and strength. Next time you hear an outrageous tune that moves you, let it move you it’s good for you!