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The best physical shape I was ever in was in college. I danced all the time. Dancing at fraternity parties or dancing with the other girls in the dorm, it didn’t matter. I just wanted to dance.
What I have discovered over my lifetime is dancing is the only form of exercise I like. Seriously. I tried every form and style of exercise to find one that I would do regularly and what I come to accept is…I hate to exercise.
I need to lose weight, not just to make my clothes feel looser and fit better but to improve my health and life span. So you may by muttering to yourself, no problem. Go dancing and you’ll get your exercise. Great advice except somehow I managed to marry a man who does not dance! None. Nada. Zip. So that option is out.
Texas Two Step, I gave my heroine, Olivia Montgomery, a gym to own. I wanted her to be in great shape but I didn’t want a heroine who was naturally thin. I hate those heroines, probably because I’ll never be naturally thin. :-) Olivia is in great shape because she works out, teaches kickboxing classes, leads aerobics classes, and serves as a personal exercise coach. I tried the personal trainer route for about eighteen months. I got stronger but not thinner. Kickboxing and aerobics are out of the picture. I have one artificial knee and one original knee that is in bad condition.
My hero from Texas Two Step, Mitch Landry, is in great shape but he’s a cowboy. He lives on the back of horse, hauls calves around for medical care, wrestles stubborn cattle into the right chute, and rescues strays. His life is daily exercise.
So let me tell you everything I’ve tried. I’d love some suggestions for other activities to try.
I’ve tried the personal trainer route. Too expensive for my current financial status.
Jogged/walked three to five miles a day. But I had a partner, which helped me stay on course, but now my knees won’t tolerate this. In fact, walking an extended distance will make my knee swell.
Set up a recumbent bike, treadmill AND complete weight gym at my house. Most of it serves as secondary clothes hanger.
I recently have been trying water aerobics but it’s so time consuming. I’ll admit the classes have been fun but making me go has been the issue. I just don’t have the time. While the class is only an hour long, by the time I’ve taken my dogs out to do their morning business, get dressed for class, drive there, do the class, drive home, take a shower and get dressed for the day, it’s time for lunch. I find myself finally sitting down to write at one p.m. having lost the entire morning for an hour long class.
So talk to me. How can I fool myself into exercising? What have you found works well for you? Where can I find a dance partner? :-)
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