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I try my best to work out at least three times a week because my health is important to me. However, school and my personal life have negatively impacted my mental health in quite a few ways: (1) I get tired of my routines, (2) sometimes I don’t have the energy to get out of bed; and (3) stuff gets boring for me. So I decided to try something different! There’s this popular “Hand Clap” dance workout that’s been out for two years now. You do four dance moves for about 30 minutes a day, and if you really push yourself, you can lose up to twenty pounds within two weeks. It’s day four and I’m sore and my waist has gotten slimmer. Here’s why you should try a dance workout.

1. It’s something new

Most of the time we create our fitness routines based on our health goals. This looks different for everybody. My goals are to tone and lose weight, so my trainer instructs me to keep eating healthy nutritious meals that can help me achieve my goals. My workouts involve resistant bands, the treadmill, weights, and a dumbbell. After a while, I got bored of using this same equipment and wanted to try something different. So I searched “dance workouts” on Youtube and saw all the creative workouts. I absolutely love it because it requires no equipment and is more efficient.

2. You’re using new muscles

The great thing about working out is that you’re using muscles that aren’t activated by everyday activity. Dancing makes your body aware of how active you are. The “HandClap” dance made my butt and arms sore as well as my stomach area. I also did a hip-hop dance that helped tighten my core and back muscles. 

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3. You’ll have some fun

Working out should be a fun experience for everyone! Your health is important, so you have to make sacrifices to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  I’m very self-conscious to go to the gym, due to the fact that I’m intimidated by muscular physiques. Therefore, I work out at home in my own comfort zone. Do what’s best for you. 

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Nikiya Alfred is the current events director for the UIC HER CAMPUS chapter. She's a third-year college student from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a passion for problem-solving issues in the CPS system. As an Urban Education major with a concentration in English Language Arts, she wants to explore more on Educational policy. This is the perfect opportunity for her to build relationships with other women who have a passion for writing. Please follow her on Instagram @Moondoll_7.