Friday, August 23, 2013
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My favorite exercise is dance.
I have enjoyed dancing as long as I can remember. As a child I would make up my own songs and dance to them. My parents liked Big Band music and I went along with them to dance evenings at the local community center. Glenn Miller's music can still get me moving even when I'm sitting down. (insert an imaginative image here)
Jr. and Sr. High School was all Rock & Roll. We danced during our lunch break and there was at least one school dance each week-end. Anyone remember sock hops? (picture me in a poodle skirt, etc. )
I was a singer so I spent a lot of rehearsal time singing and dancing in Rogers & Hammerstein and Gilbert & Sullivan musicals. (picture me in "South Pacific")
In college, dance was part of the P.E. program. I took every class I could. I especially enjoyed the folk dances. What a workout. (maybe you'd rather not picture me sweating)
So with all this background you would guess that it wouldn't be easy for me to forget that music gets my toes to tappin'.
However, after my car accidents and years of pain it was hard for me to remember ever having moved with joy. Well, the good news is - that is exactly what I have RE-discovered through Spark's motivation to get out there and do whatever you can to exercise.
When I don't feel like "exercising" all I have to do is tune into "Rock Around the Clock", or "Seventy-Six Trombones" and I'm "In the Mood" for dancing. Most of the songs are from 2-4 minutes long and some days that's all I can do. But I've learned that if I do that 5 - 10 times during the day - I've added up some good cardio minutes. AND I get the added bonus of having a good time.
There still are forms of exercise my body isn't ready for --- some I may never be able to do.
I'm just thankful I've recovered my old favorite. (insert a "feel good about exercise" picture here.)
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