Fit To Ride
Awareness of the outside world. “We teach dance at 30 social service agencies, child development centers, preschools, and elementary schools in Greater Birmingham. All sites are subsidized with community support and some are provided classes for no fee. No child pays to participate. TDF: Community.
How do you drag your carcass off the couch?
Or, more politely, what do you do for exercise & how do you get motivated to do it?
What I Don’t Do
Cardio. Although I know I need it.
Strength. Although I know I need it.
Stretching. Despite my bold words. [Brought It On My Own D*mn Self]
Fit Rider videos. Good intentions. [Ride Like An Athlete]
Weekly 5K walks. Not worried. Fell off the schedule recently. Should pick back up fairly quickly, see below. [Virtual 2021]
What I Do
Walking. Can’t give myself too much credit here. I like walking. It comes easily. Therefore, it’s not hard to haul my c off the c. [Heading North, Walk Report, LEJOG]
Biking. A husband activity that I join. Have recently knocked dust off selves and bikes to get back on the road. Easier with more light in the day. [Biking Virtually, Great Ocean Road, The Sequel]
Dance class. Restarted dance yesterday. A summer session of beginner ballet for seniors. So beginner that the clothing requirement is comfy clothes and sox. Despite a history of dance classes as a kid and as an adult, I’m relieved that it’s a beginner class. I might be able to keep up.
I have no explanation for my continued fascination with dance classes. I’m terrible at dance. I have no musical appreciation. I can’t remember steps. I have the rhythm of a spider made from LEGO bricks. I don’t say this in false modesty. We all have skills. These are not mine.
Everything else that I am bad at, I avoid if at all possible. Team sports. Hand-eye coordination sports. A high moment of my life was when I got to college and could fill my gym requirement with riding lessons.
I keep circling back to dance classes. This will be my third, fourth?, go-round in Birmingham, my second at The Dance Foundation.
If only I could find the same motivation for the Don’ts.
Dance Class, Day One
We be in the fancy space.
Thank you to Melissa, Instructor, and Steve McKinney, Piano.
Stay safe. Stay sane.