stop the presses: there’s a workout I don’t hate

I found a workout I don't hate: a roundup of YouTube dance fitness videos.

So, a funny thing happened over the last month: I became a person who doesn’t just occasionally climb mountains, but one who *gasp* actually works out regularly. Yeah, I don’t know who I am, either.

Somewhere between my kids becoming 3 year olds who don’t wear me out quite as much, becoming a heart health ambassador, and just wanting my pants to fit a little looser, I decided I had the time, energy, and desire to do something fitness-wise. I’ve always been a healthy eater, but my main source of exercise has been chasing, lifting, and caring for my kids. It turns out when you turn 30, that’s not enough to keep your weight steady, if you’re me. I love my mombod, but knew both my heart and my waistline needed a change. The problem was, I generally hate exercise. I like hiking, but that’s not very fun in an Arkansas summer. I like yoga, but that’s not generally cardio. I will never never never be a runner, because I straight up hate it and have flunked out of the Couch to 5k program twice. But then I remembered I don’t hate dancing, so maybe I could give that a try. Dancing has the added bonus of being something I can do in my air conditioned living room while my kids sleep, or even with my kids, and it’s good cardio.

I found a workout I don't hate: a roundup of YouTube dance fitness videos.
My workout partners.

I ordered a set of Zumba DVDs from Zulily but the shipping was going to take a while, so I started looking for workouts on YouTube to try in the meantime. I’ve managed to find a decent mix, and shockingly, have managed to work out for about 20 minutes almost every weekday for the last month. I don’t actually hate this! In fact, I am feeling more energetic, drinking slightly less coffee (slightly), and am actually starting to feel like my clothes fit a little bit better. It’s not some dramatic story about jumping around in my living room and suddenly dropping 3 sizes, but that’s not what I wanted, anyway. I just want to take better care of myself, my heart, and my body.

I feel I should note that I feel like the world’s flailingest white girl while pelvic thrusting and shimmying in the privacy of my own home. I would DIE if even my husband saw me doing it, though I’m fine with the bufflogals joining in from time to time. But it doesn’t matter that I probably look ridiculous– I can be Beyonce in my mind. If I need inspiration to go ahead and “jiggle it,” this video is ample motivation:

I thought I’d share some of my favorite YouTube dance workouts in case any of you would like to flail around your living rooms in the name of fitness, too. Here’s to having at least a little fun in the name of getting healthier.

Do any of you do at-home workouts via YouTube? Got any faves to share?

6 Replies to “stop the presses: there’s a workout I don’t hate”

  1. about 5 weeks ago I started T-25 and now work out every day! I was given the info threw google drive. So I burned a disc and bam… obsessed with working out. Headed into my first week a beta!!!


  2. First of all, hooray for finding a workout that you don’t hate! I’m a big believe in the notion that the best workout for a persoon is one that they stick with, and then once the habit is established you can change intensity or even try different things depending on what your goals are. Focusing on all of the benefits that exercise provides rather than just one result is also key (for me at least) to maintain the habit too.

    I’m personally a big fan of lifting heavy things and Neghar Fonooni ( has a lot of cool videos of various complexes and chains you can do with kettlbells, dumbbells, and barbells. She also has quite a few yoga flows too. The New York City Ballet Workout used to be up on Youtube but it clearly got taken down, but you can get both DVDs for about $22 on Amazon. They take a little longer, but it’s fun to pretend to be a ballerina for 45 minutes.


  3. Thanks! I’m always looking for fun free workouts. I’ll check these out! My confession: I ordered Sweatin to the Oldies 2. My sister and I used to do that one when we were kids and though it is the cheesiest thing imaginable, I love it!


    1. Kristin– I bet that’s a lot of fun! I took an aerobic dance class with some friends in college, and it was basically us doing a workout video with an instructor in one of those 80s thong leotards, and it was HILARIOUS, which helps the time go by faster!


  4. Love this post. I have a similar one that I am working on. I still cannot believe how much I love Zumba. Doing it at home with YouTube is an amazing idea. Cannot wait to try it.


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