Weekly Challenge for 1/7/13
It’s a new year! Time to make all those resolutions, right? That mostly get broken by February, right? So what’s the point, right?
We all try to lose weight at the New Year. We all have such good intentions, such motivation that this year will be the year that we get thin, or get fit, or go to the gym ALL THE DAYS. And it never happens, does it?
But you’re in luck, because you do belly dance. And belly dance can be a fantastic way to lose weight and still have fun. But you knew that right? Instead of dragging yourself to the gym, sitting in traffic just to ride a stationary bike, or dealing with the strutting weird guys or all the sweat on the machines, why not use belly dance to get in shape? (Can you tell I’ve had nothing but bad experiences at gyms?)
Okay, I know, I’m going to catch heat from people for suggesting that people quit going to the gym. And that’s not really what I’m trying to say. What I’m saying is that exercise is important, but if you’re not going to commit to going to the gym anyway, you’re not losing out on anything, are you? Except your monthly membership fee.
Seriously, there are few things more important than exercise, and you should talk with your doctor about how much, how often, and how long is appropriate for you. Once you find that out, instead of doing something boring like a treadmill, try belly dance instead!
For example, if your doctor has cleared you for serious exercise, make up a mix of fast paced, fun songs in a playlist that’s twenty to thirty minutes long. Then, just dance. So your challenge is get in cardio dance at least three times this week. Yeah, so it’s not every day. But it’s also not a good idea to kill yourself the first week.
Don’t worry too much about technique. Make sure you are doing your moves correctly and safely, and that you have warmed up properly, and that your posture is good. But otherwise, don’t think, just dance for twenty minutes. Or thirty. Or five. Whatever is safe for you to do. Don’t let your brain tell you how stupid you look, or that this move doesn’t go there, or gee, I’ve done this move for sixteen counts and can’t think of anything else… The point of this is to get moving, and have fun while doing it.
See how you feel after a week of cardio dancing. And think of how much more fun it was than going to the gym. And think about how much easier it is to stick to a routine that you actually enjoy.
Extra challenge: don’t stop at a week. Keep this up the ENTIRE YEAR. Dance your cardio three times a week (at least) for one year, and you will be surprised at what changes will happen in your body and in your life.
And please make sure you check with your doctor before starting any exercise routine! And also remember that this is cardio, and does not replace your strength training.