What is a One Song Workout? And Why Should You Try One

Sorry if my typing is a looking a bit disjointed here –  I’ve been doing a one-song workout and I’m a bit out of puff.

See there I was sitting here trying to decide what to blog about today when the miracle of happiness that is iTunes shuffle decided to switch on Titanium by David Guetta.

For those of you not up on your British pop charts (or French DJs), it’s an um, speedy little number, and that was it…first my feet went, then I had a little boogie next to my desk – next thing – rewind, the song’s back to the beginning, it’s on maximum volume and I’m doing full-on  ‘hands in air’ rave dancing around the office. Four minutes and five seconds of mega joy….cue blog post.

My Version of The One Song Workout

I’m not the only one who has discovered the benefits of the one song workout and around the house dancing.

I was watching Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Cancer trailer the other day (click here if you don’t know her story) and one of the things she does as part of her healing is dance to one song daily – no matter, as she puts it, how ‘completely silly or outrageous’ she looks.

This is the form of One Song Workout I subscribe to as it makes me happy – and I don’t need trainers on so I can do it when the mood tastes!

Now while Titanium is the latest song that gets me desk dancing, it’s not the only one – past boogies to Bulletproof by La Roux, Mr Brightside by The Killers and If You Wanna by The Vaccines all spring to mind.

Admittedly,  my idea of a One Song Workout is a bit more free form than the true definition of the term.

The ‘Official’ One Song Workout

You see in a traditional One Song Workout you follow a set series of moves for the entirety of the song – so you might decide to do an arm workout to Mr Brightside and mix up moves like 20 bicep curls, 10 tricep dips, 15 push-ups, 15 diamond push-ups and 10 shoulder raises repeated as many times as it takes Brandon Flowers to do his thing.

Or, you could do a whole body workout and throw in some sit-ups, planks, squats, lunges, walls sits in the mix.

The choice really is up to you how you use your song – the main point is that you get moving and keep moving for the whole 2-4 minutes that the music plays. I’ll do these occasionally but I admit they don’t always fill me with as much glee as just jumping about like a mad thing for the whole of the song.

If you do like the sound of it though, here’s a couple of structured one song workouts I’ve written about (with full instructions)

An arm workout to the Police Song Roxanne

The Sally Challenge to the Moby Song Flowers

Try It Yourself

So my mission to you today is to find your personal ‘dance your heart out’ song, put it on as loud as you can and dance around the room – no, not a little foot shuffle, dance like you’re at the best party you’ve ever been to and there’s been wine – lots and lots of wine.

Imagine flashing lights, glitter balls, laser beams and dry ice – whatever floats your disco boat – but go for it. Do not be afraid to scare the dog, the goldfish or the neighbours, just remember to focus on how amazing you feel afterwards.

Pic: istockphoto.com  @kristian sekulic

Who is The Wellness Nerd?

My name is Helen Foster and I’m a health journalist and wellness author. Publications I’ve written for include Women’s Health, Reader’s Digest, Body and Soul, Good Health at the Daily Mail and more. I have also written 16 books on health and nutrition.

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    • Hi – am happy for you to use this but can you credit the site that it came from somewhere obvious please. I know you’ve put my pic but the site name and url isn’t mentioned anywhere. notyournormalhealthblog.com – thanks. Helen


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