01 June 2012 ~ 0 Comments

How Being In A Flashmob Can Improve Your Health

If you’re not sure what a flash mob is, here’s a definition that I found that may give you some insight.

A flash mob (or flashmob)[1] is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and seemingly pointless act for a brief time, then disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment, satire, and artistic expression.

A few months ago, I saw a bulletin regarding a Flash mob that was going to be held in downtown Asheville. They were trying to get 2,000 people together to assemble downtown and dance.

Of course this peaked my joy cell interest.

I was so excited to hear that the instructor teaching the dance routine would be having classes two times a week at the different YMCA’s  in town.  What fun, dance classes every week. I would have gone just to dance, flash mob or no flash mob.

My girlfriend and I started going twice a week and what fun we had. The routine consisted of a little bit of hip hop, disco, swing and rock and roll. Our class was fairly small but we were mighty.

Most of us were middle aged adults, which I found strange. Where were all the young, hip, happenin’ dudes and dudettes? Weren’t they interested in jimmy jammin and gyrating their bods?

Our group rehearsed and worked hard to get the routine down pat. We were so proud of ourselves. We looked pretty good, if I must say so myself.

The day of the Flash mob there was a kids event being held downtown in the middle of the park. There were people everywhere. At 1:00 the music came blaring out of the speakers and about 200 (unfortunately not 2,000) of us Flash mobbers popped out of nowhere and started to dance together.

The people in the park were mesmerized by what they were seeing. They loved it and the camera’s started clicking.

Our dance routine was only about 5 minutes long and then boom, it was over. It was a bit of a let down I must say. All that rehearsing for a five minute performance? Couldn’t we have run through it again? I was just getting warmed up.

So here’s the reason why a Flash mob will improve your health.

1. If you are not a dancer, it’s ok-you don’t have to be to get involved

2. This is challenging enough to excite you but not scare you to death

3. It beats running on a treadmill to get a good workout-an hour and a half of dance class went by in a flash

4. It brings people together for one common goal-Fun!

5. It will stretch you physically and emotionally

6. You will laugh, smile, move your body and regenerate the joy cell that you are

If you see an ad for a Flash mob in your town, I suggest you get involved and try it.  The dance routines are usually pretty easy because there are so many different age groups and types of people participating.

You can do it. I know you can. The joy is in the process, not the outcome so give it a try. Like Madonna says…. express yourself…..hey, hey, hey, hey.

It will bring joy into your life if you allow yourself to just have fun and not get heady about it. Leave the judging yourself at the door.


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