I’ve talked a lot about the positive social aspects of blues dancing. But at the end of the day, blues dancing is a physical activity. And that brings me to a rather different point about blues dancing that I like: it’s not a bad workout!
I know lots of people who want to work out and whatnot, but find it hard to deal with the boredom of a “standard” workout at a gym. Simply running or lifting weights can be mind-numbingly dull (thank goodness for iPods). But getting exercise doesn’t have to mean going to a gym or running for an hour. You can have a blast blues dancing, and get in shape at the same time!
I know I’ve mentioned in the past that you’ll sit out a song or two every now and then at most social blues dances, as you get tired. You dance a lot; you’ll work up a sweat! It’s not something you’ll really think about at the time. You’ll be having too much fun dancing! But when you stop and think about it, if you go and dance for the majority of two hours, that’s not bad exercise!
We’re always being told by the media, health experts, etc. to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle. This is, in my opinion, one of the most fun ways to do just that. You get to go dancing, meet fun new people, and maybe even get in better shape while you’re at it! 🙂 And nobody really cares that you’re getting a bit sweaty as the night wears on, because everybody’s in the same boat!
A number of my friends who like to make exercise fun have gotten into things like Zumba. While Zumba is great, I think that simple social dancing is one of the best ways to burn some calories while having fun. Suffice it to say, it’s a tried and true way to meet both goals. And I’d be willing to bet that most social blues dances are cheaper than an hour of Zumba. And Zumba classes are generally $10-12 per class, each of which is usually about an hour. I know at the Blues Union, it’s only $5 for two hours of dancing. It’s just a better bang for your buck! Of course, you certainly don’t have to only do one or the other. If you like dancing, you can do both! 🙂
If you have any thoughts, questions, or experiences of your own you’d like to share, feel free to post a comment! I’d love to hear what you have to say!