Don’t be defeated girlfriends if exercise is not your thing. There is a wonderful alternative! Studies suggest that dancing is one of the best exercises neurologically, emotionally and physically. Amazing hey?!
Recently, foot surgery was looming for me and the prospect of prolonged inactivity with drugs for the pain causing multiple side-effects was not pleasant. I wasn’t looking forward to missing my daily exercise with the corresponding feel-good hormones. My physiotherapist suggested some exercises I might do whilst on my back, but I felt I wouldn’t do them very enthusiastically, if at all.
So, what did I do? After surgery, I danced! Yes I really did. I moved and I grooved, whilst lying on my back, to songs I had collected on my phone beforehand. My foot had to be raised for weeks. That wasn’t great. But the dancing was! I felt so energised. Gradually I progressed to sitting and dancing, and now ... I’m moving and grooving standing up.
It really is fantastic fun, lying down, or sitting or standing. How hilarious!
I checked in with my physio last week to get her to watch my dancing style (LOL). “There’s a first time for everything,” she laughed as she watched and gave me some tips.
Here they are, if you would like to give dancing a go:
Start gently by warming up for perhaps 5 minutes, then gradually increase in length of time and intensity;
Keep the movements fluid without abrupt jerks;
Slow dance at the end to relax the muscles;
As feel-good hormones are being activated, be ready for some unused muscle discomfort later.
My advice after a few months of dancing? Watch out! You Just might start dancing whenever you hear your favourite songs. People will wonder but you'll feel freer than you have in maybe a very long time.
I'm pretty much hooked. So please, join with me to make moving and grooving a happening thing in our neighbourhoods.
In the meantime if you would like to try it out, come to my place and bring your girlfriends to a fundraiser I'm hosting next weekend: