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Get Fit For a Song

For many people, Saturday mornings were times to dance during childhood. Perhaps you tuned into American Bandstand (1952–1989) or Soul Train (1971–2006). Maybe your preference was watching The Fly Girls on In Living Color (1990–1994), where Jennifer Lopez launched her career. Youngsters often learned the latest dance moves while cleaning the house.

Today, Apple, Peloton, YouTube, TikTok, FitOn, and other digital platforms are vying for your stretching arms and tapping feet—to music. The explosion in melodic video workouts exceeds more than 8,500 neighborhood Jazzercise studios inspired by Judi Sheppard Missett that began in 1968. Popular 1980s Jane Fonda workouts are still available on DVDs.

The proliferation of musical fitness choices blends the desire to remain fit during the pandemic with many music streaming options. Whatever the cause for new services, the questions you have are: what are the benefits and how do you get started?

Aerobic Benefits

Do you enjoy music? Most people do. Some songs provide relaxing ambient atmosphere. Others make you want to pat your foot or bust a move. Moving to music benefits more than your ears and feet. It satisfies your heart and nearly every other part of your body—including your mental health.

Aerobic exercise burns calories, so it keeps you from gaining weight and may help you loose some pounds. It builds stamina to lessen fatigue. Physical activity reduces health risks and keeps arteries clear. I could go on, but let’s assume you recognize moving your body is beneficial. What’s the difference between major move-to-music options?

Jazzercise On Demand

$25+ mo

As an early leader in dancing for exercise, Jazzercise has gone digital. You can livestream classes by joining more than 8,500 local facilities in every state and 25 countries. Burn calories from anywhere with 10-, 20-, 30-, 40- and 50-minute dance cardio, strength and high intensity workouts for a monthly subscription beginning at $24.99.

Apple

$10 mo/$80 yr

Perhaps you have heard of iTunes. Apple launched its iPod with a campaign advertising 1000 songs in your pocket during the year 2001. That app has grown to link with accessories like AirPods and Apple Watch.

Apple links Fitness+ to its Apple Watch. Currently, there are 11 workout types. Dance is one of them. New workouts are available every week that last from 5 to 45 minutes. They don’t teach you how to dance, per se, but you will learn moves to stay fit. The Apple Watch tracks your fitness progress. The program costs $10 per month or $80 per year.

Peloton

$13+ mo

This company gained ground during the pandemic when gyms were shut down. A stationery bicycle with a digital screen kept you both motivated and in shape for less than $50 per month.

Early success led to a comprehensive collection of fitness equipment and services, including curated Dance Cardio. There are 17 cardio classes that range in difficulty level from beginner to advanced. The full-body workout engages your legs, core, arms, and shoulders. Stream your choice from thousands of workouts within their app for $13 per month—no equipment required.

FitOn

Free plus add-ons

Lest you think all services cost money, FitOn boasts over 10 million free members on its digital fitness platform. The company must have a way to pay the fitness instructors, license music, and maintain the website and app. You can buy FitOn branded yoga mats and water bottles to feel like part of the community.

FitOn Pro unlocks personalized meal plans, 500+ recipes, premium music, offline download and more for the duration of a course. FitOn does not teach you how to dance, but you do move to music. Enjoy the service for free, but for serious weight loss, the add-ons are helpful.

YouTube

Free with ads

Throughout this article, you may have been asking yourself, “What about YouTube?” It is the most vast repository of educational videos on any subject—including dance and fitness.

Here, you can educate yourself on everything from line dance to tango. Learn virtually any style of dance in any language. But if you have two left feet, lack confidence, or can't tell the difference between a dance beat and a beet vegetable, you may enjoy walking to music. It’s the simplest way to begin being active. These videos are monetized by ads with the option to download exclusive apps. Walk at Home offers daily streaming of workouts for $7 monthly.

As people become acclimated to “living with COVID” or perhaps enjoying post-pandemic behavior, expect some home fitness service acquisitions or shut downs. There are already rumors of a Peloton buyout. Prices and services for each company are subject to change.

Whether you pay a nominal monthly fee for regularly updated content or watch the same YouTube video every morning for free, you can release pleasurable endorphins while remaining fit with aerobic exercise as you dance to music.

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