Garyecht Posted August 4, 2006 Report Share Posted August 4, 2006 No classes until the week after Labor Day, so thought I’d report on what I’m doing to keep “fit” in the meantime. Not that I’m doing anything great, but thought some might be interested in adopting parts of what I do (hummmm that sounds arrogant on my part, but isn’t intended to be). Typically, during this time of year I combine running, weight training and exercises with some kind of dance, something like the ballet basics I’ve often spoken about. This year no running (the dog and I run together and it’s too hot for him) and minimal dance (because my emphasis has been and will continue to be on modern). Essentially I’m doing two kinds of activities. One is a walking program. It consists of 3 one hour “speed walks,” two 90-120 minute walks, and one long walk (over 120 minutes) a week. The speed walks really aren’t that fast, though I do try to speed up on both up hills and down hills. I’ve found that at my age walking is actually a pretty good cardiovascular exercise that keeps weight off. Only trouble is that you do need to spend a lot of time doing it. Part two I do right after the speed walks and is my dance exercise workout. It’s a mish-mash of yoga stretches, weight training, Pilates, and floor barre. I throw in some of the balances one does in ballet class, manage to do a promenade when I’m doing some exercise on one leg (no ballet pose however), and for some strange reason I have the desire to do rond de jambe l’air as a physical exercise (8 slow, 16 fast, both directions). I have no explanation for the ronds. The dance exercise session lasts one hour and is done according to feel. There is no set routine. I do things with a flow (moving from one activity to another without rest) and according to the music I am playing (a college radio station that plays unusual music). No two sessions are the same. I always have a feeling that I’ve worked well once I’ve finished. In the fall, I’m continuing what I did last year—strictly modern and Spanish. Last year I took two ballet classes on whims. Interestingly, I don’t think my ballet technique had degenerated (but did it ever exist?). My pirouettes were as good as ever (how I judge my ballet) and when standing on one leg I actually felt more turnout and strength in my supporting leg than I recall having when I was doing regular ballet. That I attributed to all the modern that does draw attention to what one’s middle is doing. Quote Link to comment
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