A little fun to start the day, courtesy of Miss Taylor Swift and the fabulous aerobics dancers of 1989.
With a new week comes a new challenge. This week I’m committing to moving more. I have to get my tush in gear and force myself to get moving, which is crazy, because we’re having some of the most wonderful weather of the year here in my little corner of the world. So here’s the challenge in simple terms: Move It!
I’m perfectly content on the couch or in front of the computer. As long as my brain is engaged, I’m generally pretty happy. My body, on the other hand, gets the short end of the stick. The older I’ve gotten the more I have to force myself to exercise. I’ve never actually LIKED to exercise, but there were activities that I enjoyed enough to keep me moving.
One of my favorites was, and still is, swimming. Well, to tell the truth, I don’t really swim as much as I used to. Now I prefer to walk and jog in the water. I even find myself doing some of the old routines that I used to lead. Yes, I was a lifeguard and an Arthritis Foundation certified water aerobics instructor. The thought of me ever being any type of fitness instructor is laughable, but it’s true, I swear it.
Another activity I used to enjoy was volleyball. I even belonged to a co-ed team once upon a time. Oh, it was strictly for fun, and any exercise benefits I might have enjoyed were completely negated by the beer and wings afterward, but it was a blast. And yes, I stank at it.
I stank at aerobics too. I think it was called aerobic dance in those days, and it involved a striped leotard (pink and grey), a pair of Reeboks, and leg-warmers (of course). To this day I can’t hear Eurythmics “Sweet Dreams” without thinking to myself, “Grapevine!”
These days a walk around the park is more my speed. It doesn’t matter, though, as long as I get out and do it. Who is joining me this week?
You, my loyal readers, know that health, exercise, and wellness are lofty goals of mine. However, I’m a rather sedentary creature at heart. I have, however, had some success with some types of exercise. Here are a few of my hits and misses through the years.
1. Swimming- I have been a water person as long as I can remember. Swimming lessons at the pool club paid off. I even used to life guard. I still enjoy swimming as my favorite form of exercise.
2. Water Aerobics – Back in the life guard days I used to teach this class to seniors. I loved their energy, and I loved doing the class. Again, this is exercise I still find enjoyable.
3. Walking – Whether its in a park, around the block, or on the treadmill, I can usually handle a walk.
4. Bellydancing – Ok, I pretty much suck at this, but I really enjoy it. Shout out to the Goddess for introducing me to this one.
5. Stairmaster – Even the name sounds awful. I felt enslaved by this piece of equipment, but dammit I climbed!
6. Volleyball – Way way way back I enjoyed this sport enough to join a league or two. Nothing serious, but for me a milestone!
7. In Line Skates – Mine were from a discount store. My commitment wasn’t that deep. My balance wasn’t that good. Easy come, easy go.
8. Aerobic Dance – Yes, I did the grapevine to a pulsating Eurythmics beat in full regalia. I had the pink and grey chevron striped leotard, the Reebok high tops, and of course leg warmers. I also had two left feet.
9. Bike Riding – This was my main form of transportation as a kid and teen, and I logged a lot of miles. Over the years I’ve ridden now and then, but frankly it hurts my hands and bottom to ride, which makes me very sad.
10. Hula – This is my newest form of movement. I hesitate to call it exercise the way I’ve been moving, but when I find the right DVD I know it will be a workout!