#ThriveLife Day 19: Just Dance

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Lauryn

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Dr. Lauryn Lax, OTD, MS

Dr. Lauryn, OTD, MS is a doctor of occupational therapy, clinical nutritionists and functional medicine expert with 25 years of clinical and personal experience in healing from complex chronic health issues and helping others do the same.

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Just Dance

Turn on a song that makes you dance

Everyone who lived through the 90’s knows the Macarena!

When it comes on, what is your first reaction?

“Heyyyyyyyy Macarena!”

And you start the funny dance.

Just like you start the dance when The Chicken Dance song comes on…or the Cotton Eyed Joe….or a song from years’ past, good ol’ highschool dance days (Usher’s “Yeah” anyone?).

Music is one of those things that has the uncanny ability to bring back good ol’  memories; make us break out into a freestyle of some sort; or simply lift our spirits!

Today that’s exactly what you are going to do:

Just dance.

Turn up the tunes and for one song (at least) just dance (you can do it in your undies Footloose style if you want!).

Bring some life to your day to bring back the beat.

And while you’re at it…why not have fun in your movement—daily workouts—as well?

BONUS: #thrivelife project Workout

Movement is meant to bring us to life—not be a chore or something that weighs us down.

In terms of health and any body composition goals you may have, movement (exercise) is really just the cherry on top to wellness.

Your body, quite honestly, does not know the difference in deadlifting a 200 lbs. barbell, or picking up a 200 lbs. Stone….and it doesn’t know if you’re sweating your butt off in a spin class, or running from a bear…

So by all means, do not make exercise a mandate or chore or one-size-fits-all approach.

You don’t HAVE to do anything.

Instead, what do YOU want to do? What do you LIKE to do?

When it comes to health and getting the most out of your fitness…it’s quite simple: Do what you love.

(Don’t love anything? Nah…you just don’t realize what you do love).

Biking? Swimming? Walking? Bootcamping? Spinning? Hiking? Weightlifting? Sport playing? Running? Yoga-ing? Barre? Dance? Pilates?

Regardless of what you choose, choose movement to bring yo’ body to life—not to weigh it down (mentally or physically) with must-dos.

The best workout of all?

The one where movement is not a chore.

Here’s a glimpse of my favorite type (a mix of strength and conditioning) to try on for yourself:

Strength

Superset 1

5 Sets

Back-squats x 10 reps at 60-65% (moderately heavy)

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Dumbbell Bench Press x 10 reps

Superset 2

4 Sets

Dumbbell Step-Ups x 6-8 reps

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Behind the Neck Barbell Push-press x 6-8 reps

Superset 3

3 Sets

Hamstring Curls or Banded Hamstring Curls x 15-20 reps

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Parallel Bar Dips x 6-8 (may use assistance)

Conditioning

20-Minute AMRAP

20 Dumbbell Thrusters

20 Burpees

20 Pull-ups

Boom

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