Dancing for fitness

Feisty Redhead
on Apr 04, 2008 @ 04:25 pm

I really do not like exercising; no matter how good I feel after a workout I loath having to do it again. It just feels like such a chore. I used to figure skate to keep in shape, but the rink I go to has gotten expensive, and they close pretty early in the season now too so it's not much of an option anymore. Plus it is something that is more fun when you have a couple friends with you, and all my figure-skating buds have long since moved away.

When I was younger I borrowed a dance workout tape from a friend and I really enjoyed it and made some excellent use of it during the off season when the rink was closed and I couldn't skate. But I eventually had to give the tape back to her, and we since had a falling out. It was an older tape so I have not been able to find it in stores. But I just found it on amazon and am going to order it next week and get back into doing that. Now, don't laugh... it's Paula Abdul's "Get Up And Dance" video. I know, I know... but it was SO fun when I was younger and I know I'd still enjoy it. I also found a couple other dance workout tapes I would like to try out as well.

I've done bellydancing for fitness in the past as well and that is SO much fun - it's very low impact and definitely does not feel like a workout at all but it does not take long to start seeing results from it, so I'm going to try getting back into that as well.

Does anyone else like dancing as a means of keeping fit? Any other fun things you do to work out that don't really feel like a workout to you?

7 Replies

Funn things!! on Apr 05, 2008 @ 08:55 pm

Sometimes when I can't make it to the gym, I go for long walks with my dog. It lets me contemplate about things and helps me to clear my head.

I'm always up for trying new active things. If I find I don't like it, at least I know that I tried and it's not for me. I know what you mean about belly dancing though, Feisty. I found it fun when I first started taking it, but I got kind of bored of it.

Many gyms often offer dance classes, sometimes it is just hard to find which one you like. I have recently tried Zumba - and it is loads of fun!!. Sexy fitness classes (striptease aerobics - a Carmen Electra --> the woman who started it all!) can be motivating for some women too, but it really depends on what you are like and what you are comfortable with.

Another thing is vacuuming and doing housework (which I really don't enjoy!) but that is hitting 2 birds with one stone, please excuse the animal cruelty in that phrase.

Oh, and when I am not feeling motivated to move at all, nothing beats putting on some music and dancing around the house like a goofball ;P

I feel the same way on Apr 06, 2008 @ 08:56 pm

Ha ! I feel the same way. Have you seen the commercial for turbo-jam? That looks like fun.
Join an aerobics class with a friend, and if you don't feel like going you'll be letting your friend down.

Boxercise. on Apr 07, 2008 @ 12:21 pm

My gym offers a class called Body Combat, a martial arts inspired group class. It depends on your preference, but this is a high intensity cardio for a full hour. It is very empowering to throw punches and kicks -- even though you're just hitting air. :) It's a lot of fun and such a good workout.

belly dancing, stilts on Apr 16, 2008 @ 08:36 pm

I took a stilt walking workshop a couple of years ago, and that is great exercise. Once you're up there you have no choice but to keep moving, and it's a great workout for just about every muscle group from the abs downward. It's also pretty entertaining to wander around the suburbs on stilts. Also in some places being a stilt walker is a marketable skill.

My friend and I just signed up for belly dancing classes at Carleton U, I'm definitely looking forward to that

Ali de Bold
Stilts on Apr 16, 2008 @ 10:34 pm

Haha! Oh that is so hilarious. Oh the lengths we will go to for fitness. Everyone now... GROAN! I am actually one of those wierdos that enjoys going to the gym. Yes it is hard to get going but once you do it feels really good. My friend goes to circus school for trapeze lessons. Am completely fascinated by that.

Stilts!? Never heard of that one! on Apr 18, 2008 @ 10:20 pm

That's so funny! I want to try it for the sake of trying it - haha! Yea I agree with mc, going to the gym isn't a chore once you get used to it. In fact, what ends up happening is instead you feel crappy when you haven't worked out in a while... what I get whenever I've missed a lot of work outs or have been sick! Think of it as a plateau (not the bad one) for when you start getting used to it. The first few times it's really hard, and then after a while gets easier! Your body will start adopting muscle memory, and you'll feel more energized. Just keep at it. It was like that for me too in the beginning. Even with all these new fitness crazes, I still think that lifting weights and cardio (like treadmills) are still the best forms of fitness.

Trapeze lessons, oh my! Now that's interesting...


Feisty Redhead
no not me! on Apr 19, 2008 @ 09:07 pm

Oh no, there is no plateau for me - I workout regularly already and have for a long time but I still can't stand it. I LIKE the days I skip here and there for whatever reason or when I'm ill and can't workout. LOL I'm just trying to find things that are fun for me so I won't think of it as exercise - it's not an "I'm out of my routine and can't get back into it" thing... it's an "I hate it hate it hate it!" thing. :p

I wasn't able to order from amazon when I had originally planned to but did get two dance workout DVD's ordered Thursday night and they should arrive Monday or Tuesday at the latest. I got the Paula Abdul Get Up And Dance and am really looking forward to doing that one again, and 10 Minute Solutions 'Dance It Off & Tone It Up' which looks promising. I'll probably try that one first since I already know what the Get Up And Dance one is like. :)

I don't think I could use stilts... I trip over thin air enough as it is when I'm not even wearing any shoes at all! I'm a bit of a klutz, to put it mildly. :p Maybe the dance workouts will help with that.

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