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Prancercise: Dance Meets Exercise
I love crazy, silly, and unique forms of exercise - which is why I actually took the time to learn how to walk on stilts as a youngster. If you're looking for an out-of-the-box, old-fashioned fun way to get in shape, you may want to consider Prancercise.
What is Prancercise?
We've all seen those YouTube videos of people walking down the street doing a little dance, and we've all done our own little dance as we walk down the street listening to those sweet tunes in our iPod or MP3 player. There's something about good music that makes the human body want to move in time to the beat.
Now, imagine doing that for exercise, and you've got the heart and soul of what Prancercise is all about! Developed by Johanna Rohrback, B.H.E., the form of movement is defined on her website as: "a springy, rhythmic way of moving forward, similar to a horse's gait and ideally induced by elation".
It is designed to be a holistic fitness program, as it comes with dietary and wellness counsel provided by the creator of the course. There are spiritual principles involved in the exercise, and basically, it looks like a whole lot of fun!
Here are a few videos to give you an idea of what Prancercise is really like:
Sure, the lady in the videos is a bit nutty, but isn't that the foundation upon which all good exercise programs are built?!
You can see that the exercise is just a whole lot of fun! If you're sick and tired of heading into the gym or running in the park, why not take a dance/stroll down the street to get your workout in? It reminds me of Jazzercise - the form of dance/exercise that was hugely popular a couple of decades ago.
The beauty of this exercise: it's low impact, low intensity exercise that anyone can do? Worried about your high blood pressure? Dance down the street! Got a trick knee that won't handle your weight while playing sports? Dance down the street! Can't get up the stamina to run a few miles just yet? Dance down the street!!
The exercise is all about fun, and you can see by the ear-splitting grin on her face that the creator of this program loves what she does. Can you say the same for your fitness program?
Will it Work for Weight Loss?
The answer: if you do it right, it absolutely will!
Prancercise is about moving your body, and you can shake and dance however you want! If you're the kind of guy or gal that likes to dance salsa, move those feet in time to a good Latin tune. If you love some shufflin', put on the LMFAO and get moving down the street. You can do pretty much any type of dance you like, as long as you keep moving forward and keep your heartbeat at a healthy level.
You can do mild exercise with the motions that the creator uses in her YouTube videos, and it will be a great low intensity form of exercise for those new to fitness. If you're working your way up to more vigorous exercise, start throwing in some more dance moves. Walk a bit faster, and move your feet in time to faster music.
The truth is that weight loss isn't necessarily the goal of Prancercise - the true goal is to have fun with your exercise. If you want something new to help you get off your couch and get out, this may be just the exercise program you've been looking for!