Thursday, October 28, 2010

Chair Dancing

The term chair dancing sounds strange, doesn't it?  The two words just don't go together. I want to tell you about a video that uses low-impact exercise to provide a vigorous aerobic workout while sitting in a chair.  This is a great option for people (like me) who can't do much running, jumping, hopping, stomping, etc. because of leg injuries.
You are probably wondering how it is possible to get a good workout while sitting in a chair.  I am telling you that this workout kicks my butt...the more you put into it the more you get out of it.
You actually do the Mexican hat dance, the polka, the waltz, the samba and some belly dancing moves while sitting in a chair (No, I will NOT demonstrate the belly dancing moves.)  Jodi Stolove demonstrates the "advanced" moves but there are other "chair dancers" in the group that are doing beginning and intermediate moves. 
The video begins with several warm-up activities, then the aerobic dances and ends with some cool-down stretches.  The workout lasts for about 45 minutes.
Did you know that you can do jumping jacks while seated in a chair?  I didn't either until I got this video.  Perhaps a future TV series will feature chair dancing for aging stars.
I found this VHS video at a library sale, but it is also available in DVD format.  Here are some other chair dancing products.

Jodi Stolove's Chair Dancing Around The World (DVD)
Jodi Stolove's Chair Dancing
Jodi Stolove's Chair Dancing Through the Decades
Jodi Stolove's Chair Dancing Sit Down & Tone Up
Jodi Stolove's Chair Dancing: Pull Up a Chair and Get Fit! [VHS]

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