Family Dance!

Apr 14, 2011
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I will be the first to admit that my family is not exactly ‘average’- whatever that may be.  But we DO have fun! Most evenings I turn on fast music with a good loud refrain, and we all dance around the house. We make dinner, set the table and straighten up the livingroom- while harmonizing with more volume than accuracy on the song’s catchy chorus line. Well, you know what they say, “Girls just wanna have fun”.

Exercise has gotten a dismal sort of reputation in some quarters. People complain that others either smugly boast about their skill at the gym, or advise everyone else on the disastrous outcomes for people who are not as physically active as they are themselves.  We all know that we need to get up and MOVE. But it can take a lot of motivation to shift gears, change clothes, get over to the gym and force ourselves to exercise.  It’s great when you can make yourself do it.

Fortunately, by now we know that the newest thinking on exercise is that just 10 minutes at a time, several times a day will do it.  Along with running for the school bus in the morning and trying to catch up with the paperboy in the late afternoon, maybe one thing that would help us get our exercise is to find pleasurable ways to get our blood pumping – right there at home.

Family dance is great for that.

Sometimes we form a conga line and wind our way through the doorways between the kitchen, dining room and living room- with a quick dip out into the hall in passing. Other times we follow the leader and we all have to dance with exactly the same swivel, flap and kick the leader shows us. We take turns being the leader and let me tell you, it is pretty hard getting up and back down off the sofa in time to the music when our three -year old is the leader.  Once in a while it’s “hat day” on the dance floor. Other times we all have to keep time with wooden spoons or drum sticks. Yes, there is quite a rush for the actual drum sticks among the younger set, but I, myself, am OK with the wooden spoon. After all, I might want to give something stir when we dance past the stove.

Whatever the personality of a family, there will be something you can all enjoy together. It could be a walk to the park, a walk along the creek, a mall walk, a bike ride or a museum tour. One of the best benefits of being active together is the great sense of membership that the activity provides everybody in the family. Something about moving to the music is satisfying to the soul as well as to the body. Give it a try and see if you don’t all feel pretty great afterward. Just a song or two a day will do it.

Author: Tanya