Sorry if my typing is a looking a bit disjointed here – I’ve been doing a one song workout and I’m a bit out of puff. See there I was sitting here trying to decide what to blog about today, when the miracle of happiness that is itunes shuffle decided to switch on Titanium by David Guetta. For those of you not up on your British pop charts (or French DJs), it’s an um, speedy little number, and that was it…first my feet went, then I had a little boogie next to my desk – next thing – rewind, song’s back to the beginning, it’s on maximum volume and I’m doing full on ‘hands in air’ rave dancing round the office. Four minutes and five seconds of mega joy….cue blog post.
I’m not the only one who has discovered the benefits of the one song workout and round the house dancing – I was watching Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Cancer trailer the other day (click here if you don’t know her story) and one of the things she does as part of her healing is dance to one song daily – no matter, as she puts it, how ‘completely silly or outrageous’ she looks. Now while Titanium is the latest song that gets me desk dancing, it’s not the only one – past boogies to Bulletproof by La Roux, Mr Brightside by The Killers and If You Wanna by The Vaccines all spring to mind.
Now, my idea of a One Song Workout is a bit more free form than the true definition of the term. You see in a traditional One Song Workout you follow a set series of moves for the entirety of the song – so you might decide to do an arm workout to Mr Brightside and mix up moves like 20 bicep curls, 10 tricep dips, 15 push ups, 15 diamond push ups and 10 shoulder raises repeated as many times as it takes Brandon Flowers to do his thing. Or, you could do a whole body workout and throw in some sit ups, planks, squats, lunges, walls sits in the mix. The choice really is up to you how you use your song – the main point is that you get moving and keep moving for the whole 2-4 minutes that the music plays.I’ll do these occasionally but I admit they don’t always fill me with as much glee as just jumping about like a mad thing for the whole of the song.
So my mission to you today is to find your personal ‘dance your heart out’ song, put it on as loud as you can and dance round the room – no, not a little foot shuffle, dance like you’re at the best party you’ve ever been to and there’s been wine – lots and lots of wine. Imagine flashing lights, glitter balls, laser beams and dry ice – whatever floats your disco boat – but go for it. Do not be afraid to scare the dog, the goldfish or the neighbours, just remember to focus on how amazing you feel afterwards.
If you do want a more focused regime though here’s a couple of other one song workouts I’ve written about (with full instructions)
Pic: istockphoto.com @kristian sekulic