My last post discussed how I had finally found an exercise activity that I liked. Dancing. I’d like to announce that after one week, I am still dancing away. Let me tell you why this is big news. Finding a workout that I can stick with is a painful task. It consists of the following process:
- Day 1: I find a workout that I like. After one workout, I am convinced this is THE workout that I can stick with forever. Past forever workouts have consisted of: yoga, Tae-Bo, tennis, boxing, the Body of Steel collection, and Zumba. I could go on and on…
- After the second workout a.k.a. Day 2, I think yes this is going well, I will continue with this workout.
- Day 3: I don’t want to burn myself out, I mean, I have done this workout twice already!
- Day 4: I don’t know, maybe this isn’t the workout for me, I mean, the instructor is kind of annoying. And I sweat a lot. Really, should I really be sweating this much? This might be a dangerous workout.
- Day 5: I tried. I really did. I did the workout twice and if I’m just not wetting my pants in anticipation of doing it again, then it’s probably not the one for me.
And there you have it. So by participating in dancing workouts 4 times in one week, I think I’m really onto something. I’m doing all of these dancing workouts in the privacy of my own home, via You Tube. There are a ton of these dancing videos. Not every video is tailored to what I need. What I need is a video that is for stiff-jointed, non-limbered, chubby, so you think you can dance but can’t, videos. I search for videos that run at least 40 minutes in length because I spend probably at least 5-10 minutes of each video looking at the instructor, saying “how did she do that?” and “I just don’t think my abs were meant to be that bendy.”
I dance for a good 40 minutes and then I follow it up with a 15-20 minute cardio or weightlifting video. After a week, I feel amazing. My back doesn’t hurt, I have more energy and my attitude is better. Perfect example: The hubs likes to leave his shoes right inside the back door. This is a bad idea as I am a natural klutz and I’m not afraid to trip over shoes and take a tumble down the steps onto our patio. I have told the hubs repeatedly not to do this. This week I was at my breaking point and faced with two options: throw the shoes out into the back yard, giving the dogs something new to find in the backyard and thus, hike their leg on the shoes OR bring the hubs to the backdoor and show him why this will not work any longer. I chose the one not involving dog urine. The hubs has moved his shoes and I’m thrilled. I chalk this decision making skill up to dancing. So thank you dance instructors with extra bendy abs, thank you You Tube for your treasure trove of what is possibly the world’s largest collection of illegally downloaded exercise videos, and thank you Julianne Hough for showing me that I can never dance as well as you, look like you, and be you, resulting in, never having to worry about being associated with someone as annoying as Ryan Seacrest.
What I love most about doing dance as a workout is that I actually don’t feel like I’m working out. I’m not watching the clock concerned that I may not survive the workout or have to fake an asthma attack or wonder at what point I’ll need to take another “water” break. I’m having so much fun dancing that it feels great! Cool down were my two favorite words in a workout and now I tend to get a little sad when I hear them. I can’t believe I just typed that but it’s true! So later today, when I transform myself into the Dancing Queen that I’ve become and break into Momma G’s Booty Poppin’ Hip Hop workout, I will be having a blast burning calories while mumbling “Um, I don’t think my booty was made to pop but whatevs.”
What is one workout that you love to do?