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Dance parties perk up workouts

RACHEL YOUNG
Last updated 10:44 28/11/2013

Imagine walking around Hagley Park and in the distance you see two people - one is dancing away to the beat in their head and the other is doubled over laughing. Suddenly, normality returns and the pair start walking again.

Are your eyes playing tricks? Or, did someone just break out into dance in front of you for a few seconds then continue walking as though nothing had happened?

Welcome to my walks with some of my friends.

I'm a big believer in the 10-second dance party. It brightens your mood, gets the body moving and generally entertains those around you.

When myself and three others did the Oxfam Trailwalker earlier this year, Anna and I had a 10-second dance party at every checkpoint. No matter how tired we were we busted out a few moves to the beat in our head (or to the not-so-beautiful ballards of our other team members).

Often my flatmate Kim and I go walking together, but sometimes we'll put headphones in and enjoy walking in silence. Except the twist is we have a rule that on any given moment you can say "go" to the other person and they have to break out into dance for at least 10 seconds. 

We've shaken it like Beyonce, rapped with Eminem and swayed to Michael Buble. 

The rules are simple:

- You can make the other person dance up to four times on any walk 

- You can't do it while crossing the road

- You can skip to another song if you dance for an extra 10 seconds.

Everytime we do it it makes us laugh, smile, and adds a little more to our workout. And, trying to work out what the song is the other person is dancing to can be quite hard!

Last weekend when a friend of mine visited from Auckland, I explained the dance party rules to her. Next thing we were up the Sign of the Takahe shaking our booties, swinging our arms and jumping around like we were at a rave.

Do you ever do dance parties? How do you make exercise fun? Have you ever seen anyone dancing in a random spot?

Email me on rachel.young@press.co.nz, comment below or follow me on Twitter @YoungRachelS

- The Press

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