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Hate Running? Try Dancing Instead

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Let’s face it: cardio exercises have a bad reputation. Yes, they’re important to our overall health but getting up and running at the crack of dawn, or going after work, sounds boring and awful — to some people. Sure, you can listen to music or podcasts or audiobooks while dodging traffic on the street or avoiding eye-contact at the gym, but before long boredom sets in and you’re scrolling through social media feeds. If you’re not mentally engaged in your physical activity, you’re losing out big time. Thankfully, there are better, more fun options to get your cardio in without losing your mind.

Dancing isn’t something we generally think of as being cardio. For many of us, it’s the opposite of what we think cardio is. Plus, there are added neurological and psychological benefits to using dance as cardio. According to Berkeley Wellness, beyond getting our heart rates up, dancing helps with balance, cognitive skills, and helps us relieve stress. A.k.a, everything we need to be strong, confident riders.

There are many options when it comes to using dance as your cardio. If it fits into your budget, you can take dance lessons at your local dance school or take fitness classes at your gym. For the shy person or the person who doesn’t have time to head out to a class, there are many great (and free!) workout videos available. Not sure where to start? Check out this video from PopSugar, based on the dance workout Victoria’s Secret models use to stay in shape. 

Nicole is a writer for Heels Down Media. If she's not writing or editing, she's either running, doing yoga, or at the barn working on becoming a better, stronger dressage rider.

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