There is something about winter, the loss of light, the ease of warmth, the lack of color. Whatever it is I became seriously blue in the deep pockets of winter. January, February, March often found me crying over commercials on the endless television time and the carb loading that followed. In the spring, summer and fall I am active, I hike, garden and love being outside. It energizes me and I feel most like myself. I love how early the sun rises and how late it sets. I love light. So after I married my husband (Who becomes a completely different person in winter) we decided it was time for desperate measures. We purchased a “Happy Light” from Amazon for around a hundred dollars and in the dark pockets of predawn (6am) we put on a bunch of really good music (From “Happy” Pharrell Williams to “Girls just want to have fun”Cyndi Lauper to Maroon 5 (who knew how cute Adam Levine was!) and my girl Taylor Swift “Shake it off” and we dance!!! It started really slowly (we are out of shape and in pain) but the music starts and off we go! These old bones start to perk up, the muscles get some blood flowing and well, it brings a smile. We dance and we are even known to laugh a bit. It’s really been a wonderful addition to our morning.
So what is so magical about dance? Dancing sets off a chain of feel good brain hormones, it strengthens neural connections that keep your brain nimble. (If it’s good for your heart, it’s good for your brain)
You are stretching your muscles which is one of the best anti-aging things you can do! Staying limber is staying young. It improves balance burns calories and keeps your muscles strong. The best part for me is the joy of feeling alive, even in the middle of a raging blizzard, even when it’s so dark you begin to feel like a cave dweller. My light/ dance routine is a game changer with the winter blues. It’s also a great way to stay connected with my husband.