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MY FAVORITE EXERCISE

Friday, August 23, 2013

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My favorite exercise is dance. emoticon
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. emoticon

There still are forms of exercise my body isn't ready for --- some I may never be able to do. emoticon emoticon emoticon I'm just thankful I've recovered my old favorite. (insert a "feel good about exercise" picture here.)

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BIGPAWSUP 8/25/2013 10:45PM

    Awesome. I don't get to dance as often as I would like to.

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IOWAGRAMMA 8/25/2013 1:27PM

    CJ, I remember reading about your dancing a couple years ago. Now I, too, do it for exercise. Crank up the golden oldies and kick up my heels (sort of...LOL). Anyway, I love it and I love that you have found it to be so helpful and meaningful for you!! Keep up the great work!! Hugs!!

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NPA4LOSS 8/24/2013 9:34AM

    A wonderful blog and full of imagination. I love to listen to music too but not much of a dancer in public ever. Have a beautiful day!

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TONYAB2000 8/24/2013 9:30AM

    emoticon blog! I am glad you are able to get back into dancing. It sounds like you have a fabulous time and that is what exercise is about: having fun while you are getting healthy!

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CJMOK1121 8/24/2013 8:56AM

    CJ: What a GREAT blog, I remember my Mom loving Glen Miller and the Big Bands. What a great way to do chair exercise. I'm like LJ Cannon, I feel like dancing with you. Thank You for sharing.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND: CJ from OK. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LADYRH 8/24/2013 7:53AM

    emoticon Great reminder thanks

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RGEETING 8/24/2013 1:56AM

    A great reminder that a few minutes at a time, several times a day is DOABLE! and can be fun! :)
Thanks!

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LJCANNON 8/24/2013 1:38AM

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What a Wonderful Blog!! It made me want to get up and Dance with You!! Congratulations on Finding Your Passion!!

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PHOENIX1949 8/24/2013 12:39AM

    What a great example of doing what we can with what we have and where we are.

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NANCYPAT1 8/24/2013 12:15AM

    Great blog - I too love to dance and really enjoy music of all kinds.

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BEFIT014 8/23/2013 10:46PM

    Oh, I always liked the Big Band era. I remember my grandparents' listening to Glen Miller & Count Basie. It's great that you are now able to re-discover your passion!

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