I’ve not exercised properly for a while and really need to.
Before having N, and before getting married, I used to exercise lots. I swam, went to the gym and played a lot of squash. Then I got married, and had a long commute, so it fell by the wayside.
I then started dancing again (having danced for 13 years as a child). I went to salsa lessons for a couple of years, then took up ceroc 3 or 4 times a week. It was great to get back to dancing, but also to get the social side as well as exercising at something that didn’t feel like exercise.
I danced right up to the Christmas before having N, so up to 8 months pregnant (going away for a west coast swing dance weekender at 7 months, along with another pregnant friend probably wasn’t my best idea, even though it was great fun). And then after N arrived, I stopped dancing. I’d intended to go back to it afterwards, but realistically it’s evenings, going on until late, I had to travel 30 minutes to an hour for classes, and a lot of my friends from before weren’t dancing much either.
I’ve really missed the dancing in the time since. Getting back to it just hasn’t happened, even the freestyles. Plus I’d never be able to dance in heels again, it would have to be lower heeled shoes.
But friends of mine mentioned they were going to Zumba now, and wanted to drag me along. This was after they’d asked for a display on how to do a body roll while we were camping! My little party trick although not as impactful now I’m 5 stone heavier!
So I’ve started going to zumba with them. I’ve only tried it once before, having found dvds and the wii game boring. But the previous class I tried more locally was terrible. It was just too fitnessy, had no atmosphere, and not a lot of dancing in it.
The new class is a bit of a trek away, with a 30 minute drive. But having friends to go with and make sure I go does help. The class is fun, the teacher’s got a dance background (my first time we ended up discussing salsa classes in the area!), and some of the music is my favourite music I’ve previously enjoyed dancing to, including this one used in the tango scene from Shall We Dance.
I’m loving being back exercising even though it’s only once a week at the moment. I think I’ve found another class 15 minutes drive away in town, so I’m hoping to check that one out. Hopefully it’ll be another dance teacher and feature more of the latin dance steps like Zumba should do.
The only downside (other than having a moaning OH and having to rely on him not being at work), is that I miss N’s bedtime.
I’m the only one that reads to him, and with me having to leave the house at 6.30 it doesn’t give a lot of time between arriving home from work and afterschool club and going out. Also, N doesn’t always want a story at that time, he wants it before bed.
The first week he didn’t want me to go, but the second he was happy for me to leave. He was asleep by the time I get home obviously, but I wasn’t expecting him to wake up as I was heading upstairs to bed at 11.30. I heard footsteps down the stairs, and saw him appear at the bottom as I walked into the hall.
I thought he might have come down for the toilet, but no. He just came up to me, gave me a cuddle and then went back upstairs and took himself back to bed. It was a bit of a surprise, but very cute.
So the zumba class and exercise seems to be going well, plus I get a bit of chat with my friends. I just need to up the frequency now.
Have you ever tried Zumba classes? What exercise do you enjoy doing and how do you fit it in?