Have you ever felt like a hamster running on a hamster wheel at the gym? You’re all proud of yourself.
You set the alarm, you get up early, you have yourself a little smoothie, you get to the gym, you turn on the treadmill, and then the TV on top of that treadmill, and then, wait for it…
Newscasters rambling depressingly about world events just doesn’t quite amp you up enough to break a sweat.
Of course there’s also the monotony of it all. Or the fact that you’re so close to so many people, without ever even engaging with them. It’s like walking through an entire city of countless faces without ever making a friend.
That feeling – of being stuck, and ignored – on the treadmill at a gym, that’s something we at Supercharged Studios like to call the “Hamster Effect.”
It’s that Super-BLAH feeling of leaving the gym feeling somewhat proud of yourself for having gone, which is, by far, more than what most people do – so, Good Job – but the results you want never seem attainable.
They’re juuuuuust out of reach. You run, run, run, but the feeling of improvement never comes.
This is where dance fitness comes in.
There are shortcuts to happiness and dancing is one of them.
- Vicki Baum
To be clear, going to the gym is indeed awesome, and that works for many people. But sometimes, it helps to do a little somethin’-somethin’ else that jam-packs multiple benefits all in one fun activity. Dance fitness is not just exercising. In addition to exercise,
And this isn’t simply “fun” we’re talking about; we’re talking about scientifically proven benefits to your overall health and happiness.
Is exercise good for you? Does the sun shine? Is Kwanza Jones her own actual fireball of joy fusing with life-igniting energy?
These are all well-known YESes. As we know, in addition to just making us all look glorious and sassy, exercise reduces the risk of many diseases.
What’s more though, as reported by Harvard Health, researchers at the University of British Columbia found that,
In other words, if you want to reduce the frequency of forgetting, let’s say, where your keys are in the morning, running through the house like a wild turkey, tripping over laundry, frantically asking your kids where you put them, spilling your coffee all over your carpet in the process, and then on your work shirt, it’s best to just get up and start dancing now.
In addition to remembering where your keys are, and not destroying your entire home, getting up to move and shake what your Momma gave ya can simply make you happier.
As Time’s 7 Surprising Benefits of Exercise pointed out,
So, just remember, the more you get Supercharged, the more you have your keys nearby to jingle, and a smile all day to mingle.
Can we get an Amen.
Let’s go back to that glorious image of being on the treadmill.
Ahhhhhh, lovely. Yes, that one.
Everyone is looking straight ahead, seemingly lifeless. They all have their headphones on.
Maybe instead of watching the news, this time you decide to switch the channel and watch a cooking show instead, which, consequently, doesn’t make you want to move – except a “move” that involves getting off that treadmill so you can then go eat a giant slice of fresh strawberry-rhubarb pie.
Music, however, does make you want to move. And dance fitness, particularly Supercharged, is chock full of upbeat, inspiring, empowering music that helps make your body move, a lot.
According to an article in Psychology Today, entitled The Neuroscience of Music, Mindset, and Motivation, we – meaning human beings – and songbirds, if you can believe it, are apparently the only two creatures that can actually “feel the beat” of a song.
Yes, we very naturally want and need to find ways to synchronize with the music we hear.
So to be clear, we are not meant to be unhappy, chubby, lifeless hamsters. We are meant to be more like happy, powerful songbirds. We’re meant to sing, to move, to fly, and to wiggle to our favorite music. Dance fitness, thankfully, helps you do that quite easily all-at-once.
Heck, listening to music can even help you have less ROAD RAGE!!!
You know, because, after you couldn’t find those keys of yours, covered in coffee, you’re now late for work, and everyone on the road is, understandably so, putting you on edge.
So, for the sake and safety of everyone, please listen to Supercharged songs in your car too!
Let’s be honest, the “dancing” aspect of dance fitness is the best part.
Thankfully though, you don’t have to be a perfect ballet dancer to get into a dance fitness routine. You don’t need to learn how to wrap your bleeding toes, wear a pink tutu, pirouette with perfect form, or stop eating things that actually taste delicious for the rest of time.
Dancing is fun and is meant to be enjoyed; dance fitness is too. And just as exercise is well-known to be good for you, so, too, is dancing.
What’s even more exciting is that recent research suggests that dancing – and watching others dance – while listening to a song you enjoy, may actually help with your perception of pain.
Let’s take a moment to think about that. The more you dance in a group, the more your tolerance for pain increases – meaning, the more you can face your day like the shatterproof and vicious warrior that you know you are.
That’s less fear. Less pain.
More rewards. More happily shatterproof and vicious.
NPR’s social science correspondent, Shankar Vedantam, touched on this subject during a conversation on NPR’s Hidden Brain,
So, your prescription for the day and for the rest of your life?
There’s a reason why worldwide people dance together, and that we’ve all been doing it for ages upon ages since time began, no matter what your age may be. We are wired for it. We love it. We need it. It makes us feel good about ourselves, and about the world around us.
Still not convinced?
For even more health benefits of dance, check out Science Focus’s Five Reasons Why Dancing is Good for You.
It was Oscar Wilde who once said,
Now, we’re not sure if he would have tried out dance fitness back in his day, but when given the choice between a treadmill and a Supercharged class, it’s pretty safe to say he’d probably go with all the movin’ and the shakin’ and the bein’ all wonderfully kooky.
Supercharged is the epitome of that dance-like-no-one’s-watching mantra, meaning, it encourages you to be fearless, and really, to make a fool out of yourself on purpose. Just think about the last time you saw someone having an authentically good time dancing.
Deep deep deep down, didn’t you want to join them?
In a way, with a dance fitness routine like Supercharged, eventually you’ll dance like EVERYONE’s watching and you’ll own it even more.
You can’t help but laugh at yourself, and with others, in the middle of party-cardio dance fitness class, a.k.a. “Party-oh.”
You can’t help but laugh if you’re watching a high-intensity dance fitness video in your living room and shamelessly knocking over more furniture, but this time around it’s due to the joy of simply being yourself with the body you’ve been given – as opposed to running around looking for those gosh darn keys again because your memory is fading the more you don’t dance.
And all the while, when you do dance – and laugh when you need to – you’re actually making yourself healthier, just giggling and dancing the pain away.
According to the Mayo Clinic, for instance, there are both short term and long term benefits to laughing. It is not just an expression; laughter is quite literally the best medicine.
Your mood improves, you stimulate organs, you activate your stress response, and you even relieve pain as well as improve your immune system long term.
Check Out Kwanza being silly. She knows full well, when you make a mistake, you laugh it off, smile big, and just keep going.
She knows how to have a good time, and she knows that KEY to having a good time is not taking yourself too seriously. We truly have to laugh at ourselves to survive and also thrive.
Thankfully, dance fitness helps us do that as much as we want.
And let’s also not forget,
Supercharged classes are starting to become available at certain gyms around the country, and once you get into it enough, all that dancin’, wigglin’, laughin’, you can even become a certified Supercharged dance fitness instructor to help others enjoy it as much as you do.
And you know what, if that isn’t your thing just yet, instead of dancing in your living room with me-myself-and-I – which is admittedly quite fun – you can also make new friends and invite your neighbors to dance with you.
Start a dance fitness club!
Why should I do that? That sounds super weird, you might say.
Well, here’s why, silly:
Because making new friends, and keeping them, can literally help you live a longer, healthier, and more satisfying life.
As Live Science reported, according to reviews of research,
Dance fitness is just one way to do this, but a very effective way at that.
And shoot, for reasons already explained, this would be far, far, far, far, far, far, faaaaaar more exciting – and healthier – than running on a treadmill alone like a bored li’l munchkin trapped in a never-ending wheel of News-despair and TV-cake you can’t eat.
You’re better than that.
So give dance fitness a shot.
Say goodbye to the “Hamster Effect.”
Say goodbye to super-BLAH.
And say hello to Supercharged.
Can I get a…
Which of the dance fitness benefits is most important to you? We’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section below.
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