I was an active kid. Not an athlete- in fact I was the girl who got hit in the face during gym class. Every time. Volleyball, check. Badminton, check. Kickball, check (on the sidelines, how does that even happen?!). But fitness? It was always a priority.
In elementary school there was gymnastics. When I hit middle school the travel commitment was too much for our family and I switched to dance. In high school I added cheer. In college I continued with dance and cheer, taught tumbling at a local dance studio, coached middle school cheer plus had my PE credits. I even taught gymnastics at the local Y until I was five months pregnant with EK.
My fitness dilemma:
But now? Stunting without a squad just isn’t possible. Fitness dance classes just aren’t the same as what I knew and loved in high school and college. I tried to demonstrate a cartwheel a few weeks ago and felt all my muscles pull. My motivation is lacking and my availability is limited to get to the gym. I spend my work hours working and my home hours loving on my people.
My fitness solution:
My favorite new exercise routine is a family dance party. We started a few weeks ago and I am hooked. There is nothing quite like shimmying to the “Can’t Stop the Feeling” (Trolls version, of course), lyrical movements to “Let it Go” and heaving the kids in the air to “You’re Welcome”. EK loves to claim she’s headed to Zootopia as we dance to “Try Everything”. We have a 6-7 song playlist on repeat at least four nights a week. We giggle and squirm, twirl and sway. Even Buddy gets his wiggle going. My arms get a workout every time I throw and catch one of the kids. My muscles warm up enough for me to remember my peak flexibility days. And best of all? A good time is had by all.
I do hope one day, when the kids are a bit more independent, to get into a more traditional fitness routine, perhaps one that includes barre class or regular runs. But for now? I’m thrilled to have found an easy option that includes the kids. We’re making the most of these season and creating lasting memories in the process.