My Solution for a Home Workout: Dance Party Kinect Tuesdays

So I will be honest with you: I don’t love working out. By working out, I mean going to the gym and being bored on the elliptical machine (or other gym equipment of your choice). My iPod helps because I love music, but in reality, I love fun and social exercise. Classes seem to get me more motivated, but whatever works for you and however you can get some exercise in makes me happy.

As many of you know, I love dancing. I grew up dancing and it is my favorite form of exercise, whether it be a dance class to Zumba or the latest fun activity I have started doing with my friends: Dance Party Kinect Tuesdays!

I have the XBOX Kinect system. This is the system where your body replaces the hand-held controller. We play Dance Central 1 and 2 and we also have the Michael Jackson Experience, where you get to sing and dance. Turns out this is a great way to exercise at home.

Dance Party Kinect Tuesdays is fun for a variety of reasons:

  1. It is a fun way to exercise at home. Who doesn’t love music and dancing?
  2. It’s primarily a social activity you can do with your friends. It is great time to catch up with them weekly and get a home workout in as well.
  3. The guys do it too. Lately, we have been able to get our significant others in on the action. It has definitely been out of their comfort zone, but they are enjoying it. Sometimes I think they are just there to watch us girls dance, but anytime I can get my husband to cut a rug is a good time.

In the past, I have also been on a kickball team with friends. It is great fun and something to look forward to every week. Plus, there’s nothing like a little bit of fun competition to get the adrenaline going.

And for a cheap, at-home workout I have even found workouts through my cable company On Demand. It is free and in the privacy of my home. I get a class with an instructor whenever I want. There is always quite a variety, from aerobic workouts to yoga to strength training. My husband has now even tried yoga with me this way.

Do you participate in any fun exercise? What do you like to do? Do you have any other ideas for fun and different workouts that are best for you and your family?

Photo Credit: Grace DerochaA Healthier Michigan

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  1. I’ve done this for the past few evenings myself! Let’s Dance 3 on the kinect. I’ve mentioned using a step counter, and on those days where there’s too much desk time, the dancing racks up the steps quickly so I can meet my goals. Love it, it’s fun and it does feel like a workout!  I’ve been trying to get my sons to join me but with limited success.  🙂

    1. Thanks so much for your comment, Pat. I love that we both use dance on the Kinect for a workout. It is definitely fun! You will have to share this blog with your sons and convince them to start dancing with you. :o)

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