- Claudia Colvin
The Wake Up and Dance Challenge - January 2023
Updated: Jan 8
Join the movement of people who choose to start the year with happy as their morning mood: wake up and dance to 3 feel-good songs in just 10 minutes to start your day with a sweat and a smile. Scientific research shows that dancing releases feel-good hormones like serotonin and dopamine, and reduces cortisol, the stress hormone.
WHERE DID THIS CRAZY IDEA COME FROM?
One morning in October 2020, 2 minutes after waking up, I accidentally pressed play on Spotify as I was walking to the kitchen. It was In da Club by 50 Cent. I started dancing. Spotify doesn't stop unless you make it, so I kept dancing. 3 songs later, I was sweating, smiling and in a great mood. My mood stayed high all day. So I tried again the next day, and the day after. And it continued to work. After many failed attempts at finding the right morning routine, I'd finally found "the thing" that actually worked for me. If it worked for me, would it work for other people too? I experimented and ran a 30 day Wake Up & Dance challenge in November. The trial was a success so I ran it again in January. Over 160 people signed up, and we haven't stopped since.
The improved mood results have been long-lasting for us.
How long will they last for you?
Sign up to find out.
In January 2021 our challenge was a musical journey through 30 years in 30 days. We started in 1970 on January 4th and travelled our way to 1999 on February 2nd, the last day of the challenge. And then we added an extra 3 days because we didn't want it to end. Then we had Carnival themed challenge, a Women's Day 3 week celebration and a Virtual Road Trip with music from around the world.
During the Spring and Summer Months, it's on every week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
YOU CAN TAKE PART IN TWO WAYS:
In a virtual room, on zoom. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday, 7.45 - 8am UK time, with no need to dress for the occasion. Most of us dance in our pyjamas and bathrobes, with no make up and no filters. Just show up as you are and dance to feel good, not to look good. It's the opposite of an Instagram perfect workout.
Offline, in your own time. If zoom dancing isn't for you, you can still join by dancing offline, whenever suits you best. You'll receive a daily email with 3 songs to dance to.
Feedback from a regular
I cannot tell you how glad I am that your 30 day challenge email popped into my inbox at the weekend. I have found ‘my thing’. I now start my day with a smile on my face, a skip in my step and a secret that nobody knows about! - B
See you on the dancefloor, in my PJs!
Founder, Nobody's Watching
If you're taking part, I want to hear from you! Are you having a great day afterwards? Any challenges? Tag Nobody's Watching on Facebook or intragram @nobodyswatching.co or share your story by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
I won't be recording the morning dancing so here's what a previous online dance party looked like.