It might just be me, it might be all of us, but I am feeling old. That’s probably due to the fact that I was a serious ballet dancer for close to two decades, but I am really feeling it everywhere now. It’s getting fairly important that I keep moving and stretch every day. I notice that if I am sitting for a few hours straight, my muscles tighten up a little. If I don’t stretch every day, it makes it 10x harder the next day. Getting old is inevitable, and I’ve had to to accept that I need to work with it rather than against it….
My ballet summer intensive is over now! I’ve been wanting to get back into ballet for over a year now, so I think I made a great choice. One on hand, it might not have been the smartest to choose a 90 minutes class on both Monday and Wednesday nights- I had little to no recovery time after Monday nights. However, it was a great way to find out if I enjoyed dancing at the RWB (I do!), and where my ability is at after how many years away.
The last week of ballet was wonderful! I am still not jumping or turning because of my knees. I do have an appointment booked with my sports med doctor in later August, and I’m hoping that having a break for the month will be exactly what I need to feel better.
One of the high notes for me is realising that I can actually succed at adage! Adage is the slow, controlled movements that you will see in ballet (for a great example, watch this!) that I always struggled with when I was younger. I never really worked at core strength, and I don;t think that I understand what was truly needed. However, my core is much stronger now. I feel that my adage is controlled and calm, and I’m not so concerned with keeping my balance, allowing me to really focus on the details and emotion involved. I’m also intensely learning Cechetti terminology right now, and I think that will be continuing throughout the year.
I haven’t been running at all now- I walked at lunch on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday to make sure that I did get movements in. I have started using the Zombies, Run! app, and I have been loving it! I’m not a huge zombie fan. I don’t watch the Walking Dead, and World War Z bored me to tears when I tried to read it. However, I am enjoying the app, and it does make my walks more entertaining. Each walk/run is an episode, and the first episode begins with you being told about the zombies… until your helicopter goes down, and you have to make it to safety in Abel Township. You pick up items as you move and try and evade the zombies! I would recommend giving it a shot if you are looking for a reason to get moving, for sure.
Now that ballet is done for a month, I’m going to be getting back into yoga at home! I don’t know that I’m going to be doing anything intense in the next week or so, but it will be wonderful to get back into the groove of it. I’m excited for the fall- I should be able to take yoga and zumba at the gym twice a week instead of only once. I’ve really come to realise I like my workouts to not feel like a workout! The next 3-4 weeks are going to be less-structured for me, fitness-wise.
What kind of workout do you like- a classic weights/cardio/old school workout, or a workout that doesn’t feel like a workout, like yoga or zumba?