I love to dance and I love to sweat. So a perfect combination would be to find a great dance class. Latin, Zumba, Salsa, Hip Hop, Ballroom, Ballet, Swing, Two Step, Shuffle, Twerking, Tango, Flamenco, whatever your flavor is, dancing is a great way to exercise. Focusing on learning a new dance style or choreography can distract you from the fact that you're actually exercising. Not only is the right sound track a great way to lose yourself in the moment. But you'll more than likely find yourself laughing and having fun. Laughing is also really good for you. So be sure to let yourself laugh even if you feel like it's silly.
Did you know that the origins of dancing actually has roots as a healing modality? So trust me when I say it's really good for you!
"Dance has certainly been an important part of ceremony, rituals, celebrations and entertainment since before the birth of the earliest human civilizations. Archaeology delivers traces of dance from prehistoric times such as the 9,000-year-old Bhimbetka rock shelters paintings in India andEgyptian tomb paintings depicting dancing figures from c. 3300 BC.
The ancient chronicle, the Sinhalese (Sri Lankans), the Mahavamsa states that when King Vijaya landed in Sri Lanka in 543 BCE he heard sounds of music and dancing from a wedding ceremony. The origins of the dances of Sri Lanka are dated back to the aboriginal tribes. The classical dances of Sri Lanka (Kandyan dances) feature a highly developed system of tala (rhythm), provided by cymbals called thalampataa.
As a method of healing
Another early use of dance may have been as a precursor to ecstatic trance states in healing rituals. Dance is used for this purpose by many cultures from the Brazilian rainforest to the Kalahari Desert. Medieval European danses macabres were thought to have protected participants from disease; however; the hysteria and duration of these dances sometimes led to death due to exhaustion.
Sri Lankan dance goes back to the mythological times of aboriginal yingyang twins and "yakkas" (devils). According to a Sinhalese legend, Kandyan dances originated 2500 years ago, from a magic ritual that broke the spell on a bewitched king. Many contemporary dance forms can be traced back to historical, traditional, ceremonial, and ethnic dances." (This excerpt is taken from Wikipedia where you can read more.)
No one likes the old classics more than me. Suavemente by Elvis Crespo, Valio La Pena by Marc Anthony, Bobby Valentin, Charlie Palmieri, Johnny Ray and so many more, but it's also nice to add a modern EDM twist for variety. Have a listen and a dance and please let me know what you think of this mid to high-intensity soundtrack.
1. Junior Jack- E Samba (JoeySuki Remix)
2. Kydus & DJ Dep- Cala El Verano
3. Cop & Thief- Flemenco
5. Saeed Younan & DJ Wady- DC2 MIA (Paolo Mojo Remix)
6. Paolo Mojo- Alininha
7. Filip Le Frick- Da Latin Bomb (Original Mix)
8. Hardsoul- Latino Directions (Deep Latin Groove Mix)
9. Soul Purpose- Salsa House (M's Salsa Dub)
10. Spiritchaser- Sueno Latino