Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Dancing Fit

I am not great at keeping fit.  The gym is beyond me with all the weights stuck on quite elaborate machines that confuse my sleep-deprived brain!  I do not like anything that involves the outdoors not when its so cold at the moment, so you can forget seeing me kicking a football unless it’s a desperate attempt to wear out the boys before bedtime.  I always feel if I keep them active they go to sleep faster and sleep longer and it seems its been proven in a study too, so its worth freezing a little if the payoff is we all get an early night!

I was playing basketball with the boys last night and I was surprised how unfit I actually am.  I think I need to go back to a regular exercise routine, but I want to do something entertaining that I will really enjoy.  I like listening to music, so a workout inspired my different tunes would be perfect for me.  Otherwise if I see it as another chore I will never have the energy to do it.  According to this article music distracts the mind and keeps you motivated to exercise, which is a good thing as I need to sort out burning off some of my cake habit and quick!

I was looking at a recent survey on dance and fitness to see if it would give me some ideas.  I did belly dancing for a bit before kids, but gave up after a few lessons I just could not get my belly to wiggle appropriately!  Perhaps that is why it did not score too well in the survey, it actually is a harder challenge than you think! 

Zumba had the highest score so I might be encouraged to give that a try, especially as they have just started Zumba sessions locally and it’s proving very popular.  A big plus that I get to stay indoors and listen to music, so I think I am tempted to do that.

Survey results provided by Dance Direct

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