Hate to “exercise?” Don’t want the drudgery of treadmills at a gym? Can’t stand the thought of joining early morning walkers at the local mall when weather is bad?
Don’t know how to dance? No problem – and there are no excuses. Neither did my husband and I, until we were in our fifties. He’d never learned. I’d danced a little – ballet in childhood, some pop culture dancing in my teens, but after that I moved in circles that didn’t go out dancing, and when we’d go out with friends to events with live bands, for sure neither of us had a clue what to do to the music.
That didn’t stop our friends from hauling us out onto the dance floor – even knowing nothing, we had a great time, and that motivated us to invest in learning how. We knew it would burn calories and hoped it would continue to be fun.
Enter Xbox 360 Connect, just released in time for Christmas that year. At the game store we fielded funny comments about how much our grandkids were going to love their present – we just smiled and said “it’s for us.” Dance Central was exactly what we needed. I can’t tell you how many hours – together and separately – we spent in front of that sensor, learning to make limbs move exactly like the avatar’s to precisely the correct rhythm.
Those weren’t dances you could take out on the dance floor, but they gave us confidence, delivered moves we could use, and inspired us to keep learning. We downloaded some great free instructional videos for rock and roll routines, ordered dvd’s for tango and salsa, took some country line dancing and western swing classes, and never looked back.
Maybe it’s obvious, but dancing contributes so much to staying sexy. There’s the exercise and calories burned, of course, and sometimes if it’s raining and we can’t ride our bikes or take a walk, we dance in our tiny motorhome living room for our workout. But there’s so much more – the laughter, the touching, the excitement of getting dressed up and going out dancing, the high that comes from feeling good about what we’re doing.
So I hope you dance – and here’s a link to Lee Ann Womack’s wonderful song by that name: I Hope You Dance.
Have fun, and Stay Sexy!