Small Movement is OK!
Before I discovered dance, I was no athlete. I wasn’t even one to like any kind of casual exercise. Sure, I could walk for miles, but usually only with the dog and/or human company.
After my Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and Insulin Resistance (IR) diagnoses, I heard constantly “diet and exercise.”
First, I don’t have a clue as to what to do in a gym. If it wasn’t an elliptical (which I actually do enjoy) or a bike, I wasn’t going to be doing it. To ask for help was difficult because I didn’t know who to ask.
I tried a yoga studio for a few times. The stretching part was fine, but I never felt included in the group. Other than the teacher, no one ever came up to me and said “Hi, I’m glad you are here.” After about a month, I stopped going.
I knew movement of any kind was important, no matter how small. So, I tried to incorporate what I could into daily life.
Squats during a shower.
Easy (so long as you have good balance and grip in the tub. Do not take unnecessary risks on slippery surfaces!). It was also a good brain workout when I started (like brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand).
Then I tried parking farther away.
I walked around the sidewalk.
I don’t know how much “good progress” these measured out for me. However, they did begin priming my brain to accept that movement is good even when you are tired.
That was about everything I did before I discovered dancing.
Dancing/Ballroom Fitness allowed me to find a world that incorporated exercise that wasn’t “exercise” in the typical dreaded sense of the word.
And I discovered a group of friendly, fun, inclusive people that I was able to be part of.
Lessons learned (and my advice):
I wish you a great week, and keep dancing forward!