Getting in Shape: Dancing to Country Music


Exercise can be one of the most boring things on the planet or one of the most fun things, depending on what form of exercise you choose.  If you are spending a monotonous hour on a treadmill without music, you might as well be watching paint dry. In the summer, it’s too hot to go for runs outside without dehydrating or sweating too much.  And in the winter, if you’re from a cold state or Canada, it’s dangerous to go for runs on slippery ice.

For beginners, the gym can be intimidating when a lot of people who go there are already in great shape. And the gym is also way too time consuming for those who have busy lives and families in addition to work.  But everyone has an hour or a half hour to dedicate to working out. And this new exercise program from beach body called Country Heat is just the program to get you started with your weight loss.  All you need is some good shoes and workout clothes and you can dance off the pounds to some catchy country music tunes!  Of course this won’t be the workout for you if you don’t absolutely love this type of music but you still might enjoy the dance moves regardless.

The program also comes with a set of portion control containers in various sizes. You’ll follow a formula to figure out how many containers you need to consume each day in order to lose 1-2 pounds per week, depending on your weight loss goal. The most important thing to remember is that you need to eat sensibly and also exercise in order to learn how to live a balanced lifestyle and get the best results.  If you keep “treating” yourself during the 3 week Country Heat program, your results will be halted. You need to try to commit to a solid three weeks to get the most of the program.

There are seven different workouts that you will follow, some of them specifically target the upper and lower bodies.  The dance conditioning workout helps build muscle while most of the workouts are purely cardio so you’ll be getting the maximum fat and calorie burn possible. You won’t need any extra equipment, just sensible shoes and clothes and perhaps a mat if your floor is slippery.  Remember to drink plenty of water as you workout so you don’t get dehydrated.  Some people prefer to workout on an empty stomach in the morning, but I prefer to have a small snack like an apple or banana a half hour prior to working out so I have some energy in me to push myself to the maximum.

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