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28 Songs to Dance to in the Kitchen on Valentine’s Day

28 Songs to Dance to in the Kitchen on Valentine’s Day

It’s Valentine’s Day and you want to do something nice for your sweetie. Want to make it special and sexy? What better way than to press up against each other in the kitchen after a romantic candlelit dinner, just the two of you? Here’s a playlist of 28 songs to dance to in the kitchen on Valentine’s Day.

1. A Dedication by Washed Out

“Don’t be scared it’s over now, I swear.”
Everything’s okay when you’re in each other’s arms.

2. It’s Different by Dear Rouge

“It’s so different when we touch.”
A Valentine song for the sweet and passionate butterflies that last.

3. Beth/Rest by Bon Iver

“Our love is a star, sure some hazardry, for the light before and after most indefinitely.”
Poetic and lovely.

4. Hot Dreams by Timber Timbre

“I wanna wake, I wanna wake, I wanna wake from hot dreams of you.”
If you want something sexy, this is the one.

5. Journal of Ardency by Class Actress

“This game of cruelty is easily the most boring part of the week.”
Love can be so cruel.

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6. Summer Wine by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood

“Strawberries, cherries and an angel’s kiss in spring. My summer wine is really made from all these things.”
Maybe you’re tipsy on each other’s company, or maybe it’s the wine.

7. Voilà by Françoise Hardy

“Voilà je regarde les autres pourtant je ne leur trouve rien.”
Just say, “Je t’aime.”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqegv4qoEdo

8. Stay by Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko

“All along it was a fever. A cold sweat hot-headed believer.”
Is it hot in here?

9. Pull Me Down by Mikky Ekko

“But your name is a wave washing over me. No games just a slave to you totally.”
You know you’re in it for good when you’ll let your lover pull you down.

10. Tiff by Poliça ft. Justin Vernon

“Go ahead and play for keeps.”
Embrace and sway a little with this tune.

11. You Got Me by The Roots ft. Erykah Badu

“If you were worried ’bout where I been or who I saw or what club I went to with my homies, baby don’t worry you know that you got me.”
Some hot hip hop for lovers.

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12. Under Your Spell by Desire

“I don’t eat, I don’t sleep, I do nothing but think of you.”
You can both drink the love potion tonight.

13. Fifteen by Goldroom ft. Chela

“It’s been a long time, wondering why the summer smells like sin and wonder.”
It’s like being back in high school with this Valentine song.

14. Big Jet Plane by Angus and Julia Stone

“She said, ‘Hello mister, pleased to meet ya.’ I wanna hold her, I wanna kiss her. She smelled of daisies.”
A Valentine song full of longing and wanderlust.

15. Harvest Moon by Neil Young

“When we were strangers, I watched you from afar. When we were lovers, I loved you with all my heart.”
For dancing in the moonlight, or the candlelight.

16. Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis

“Like a river flows surely to the sea, Darling, so it goes, some things are meant to be.”
Maybe it’s foolish, maybe it’s fate. It’s surely a sweet Valentine song.

17. Cigarettes and Coffee by Otis Redding

“Darling, I’ve been so satisfied. Honey, since I met you.”
The fatal attraction of coffee and cigarettes can’t keep you from dancing to this Valentine song.

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18. Sea of Love by Phil Phillips

“Do you remember when we met? That’s the day I knew you were my pet.”
An oldie but goodie.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EroRtEUmZcU

19. Coffee by Sylvan Esso

“Wrap me in your arms. I can’t feel it, but rock me in your arms.”
Just do as Sylvan says there.

20. Let Her Go by Passenger

“You see her when you close your eyes. Maybe one day you’ll understand why.”
All you need to understand is the feeling of each other close and swaying.

21. Anna Mashup by Taken by Trees and CFCF

“You will never see what you mean to me.”
It’s cute and it’s sweet.

22. For Your Love by Stevie Wonder

“And for your love I would do anything. Just to see you smile upon your face.”
If you would do anything, start by dancing to a Valentine song in the kitchen.

23. Je Suis Perdue by Gigi Gaston

“Je perde le sommeil et je perde le pétille.”
If you’re losing sleep, let it be to dancing to this Valentine song.

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24. Your Sweet Touch by Bahamas

“Time means so much if all I have is your sweet touch.”
A Valentine song for the sweet touch of dancing close.

25. Don’t Worry Baby by The Beach Boys

“Well it’s been building up inside of me for, oh, I don’t know how long. I don’t know why, but I keep thinking something’s bound to go wrong.”
Not much can go wrong when you’re dancing in the kitchen to a Valentine song.

26. Silver Springs by Fleetwood Mac

“You could be my silver springs, blue green colors flashing. I would be your only dream, your shining autumn, ocean crashing.”
A sort of sad one, but lovely nonetheless.

27. Make You Feel My Love by Bob Dylan

“When the rain is blowin’ in your face, and the whole world is on your case, I could offer you a warm embrace, to make you feel my love.”
A Valentine song for a sweet embrace.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ql2qlO8HH20

28. You’re the Best by Wet

“I can’t forget. Hold these arms around me. Think of how you found me, found me in those arms.”
A Valentine song for the best one yet.

If you’re still looking for some sizzling Valentine’s Day date ideas, read this: How to Plan a Romantic Valentine’s Day Date for Your Loved One.

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Last Updated on August 15, 2018

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

Video Summary

Why is it important to train up our core strength?

There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

One Exercise, multiple benefits

There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

What will happen when you start doing planks every day

    1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

    Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

    • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
    • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
    • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
    • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

    2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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      Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

      Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

      3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

        Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

        4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

          Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

          A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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          A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

          On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

          5. You’ll improve overall balance

            Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

            6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

              Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

              7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                How to hold a plank position

                1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                  How to improve your plank time gradually

                  1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                  2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                  3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                  Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                  Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                  You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                  • Prolapse
                  • After prolapse surgery
                  • Pelvic pain conditions
                  • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                  • Previous childbirth
                  • Overweight

                  Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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