Monday, February 7, 2011

Ten Minute Fix: Loosen Up

The idea for this week’s ten minute fix comes from my sister-in-law and her friends.  Every once in a while they get together for a 30 minute dance party. I’d go into more detail, but I think the name explains it all. This ten minute adaptation of the thirty minute dance party is meant to loosen you up when you really need it.

1.       Turn on your Ten Minute Dance Party Music Mix (TMDPMM)

2.       Let loose and start dancing. Feel free to go crazy and have fun with it. You can do it alone, or with friends if they need some loosening up too. You can even dance like this if you want.

3.       Turn off the TMDPMM and catch your breath

Possible Applications
Nervous about giving a presentation?... Ten Minute Dance Party.
All tense before a big date?... Ten Minute Dance Party.
Bored?... Ten Minute Dance Party.
Pain in the lower right side of your abdomen?... Go to the doctor. Get some blood work done. Have your appendix removed. Recover. Ten Minute Dance Party.
Benefits of Dance
It can be a great cardiovascular workout. (Especially dancing to Bollywood music)
Improves strength and flexibility.
Helps you lose weight.
Increases self-confidence.
Reduces stress.

I tried to find a really good article in a reputable journal about dance and it's effect on stress, but searching online journals stressed me out. I should dance instead. I'm sure it would be safe to say that some study done by some Scandinavian research institute says that dance has been shown to reduce stress levels in lab rats.

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