Surviving Dance Aerobics

How Hard Could It Be?

At age 40 plus I found myself trying to finish my college degree. Of course I had to endure the exercise classes I had put off taking earlier. Not being the athletic type, none of the offerings looked particularly exciting. I had to take EXS 177 Fitness for Living and two more classes. I chose Beginning Swimming and Dance Aerobics. I had taken swimming lessons when I was a small girl and loved swimming, so it was quite enjoyable. I also loved dancing and thought "how hard could it be?"

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My first day of class was a bit intimidating. All these young, energetic, perky young students and I got dressed in our black leotards and sports shoes and sat on the long polished wood floor. The teacher was also, of course, younger than I, and she gave me a smile when she called my name for attendance. Not really sure what was implied, but soon to find out, I answered that I was indeed present.

The teacher wasted no time in getting us up of our fannies and dancing. We all stood in front of a long wall of mirrors that reflected our images. I tried hard to ignore my own reflection and the great contrast there was between myself and the rest of the class. I hoped that I would not make a fool of myself and be the only one out of step with the instructor. I tried to stay close to the back of the room so noone behind me would notice my mistakes. I noticed the know-it-alls were on the front row right beside the trainer.

We did our warmups and then the music started pumping out of the speakers. We did a little marching, the pace was pretty fast, and I actually kept up pretty well for a few minutes. One thing I could do well was count 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 8 and 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1. Then the teacher did the grapevine. Luckily, I remembered that from somewhere in my past, and I was able to pull that one off. Then we did a side-step. Not too bad! I was hoping it would not get too much more complicated though, because sometimes I can be a real klutz and trip on a line on the floor.

After a while, I started sweating profusely and my legs started getting wobbly. I tried hard to keep up with the teacher and the rest of the class. There was a moment when I realized that I needed more comfortable shoes and a sports bra. The class would no doubt be good for my heart and hopefully I could shed a few pounds, so I kept going. By the end of the class, I looked like someone had dumped a tub of water on my head. All the younger students looked like they were just getting started, except for a few that had one too many Haagen Dazs ice cream pints.

Boy, the next day I was sore all over. I guessed it was working. It took another day to recuperate and then we were introduced to the step. As if it was not hard enough trying to dance on a flat floor, now we had to actually step up and down and stay on the beat. I did not shrink from this new challenge. I went for it and ached even more after the step class.

I loved Richard Simmons, Denise Austin and Kathy Smith because noone watched while I followed them on my TV. This was totally different - out there - exposed. I had to keep reminding myself that this was good for me, and of course the two credits I would get out of it I hoped would be worth all the pain.

Well, long story short, I did finish the course, lost ten pounds, and eventually graduated. By about the middle of the semester I was really enjoying it. My body had become accustomed to the workout and I actually missed it when it was finished. My latest fitness routine is the Wii Fit which I am enjoying. They even have a dance aerobic routine on Wii Fit Plus.

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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Wii Fit Plus is a lot of fun. I agree it is easier when it is fun.


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peacegirl101 6 years ago

You are welcome, elayne. I have Wii Fit Plus too with the balance board! I also do aerobics wii fit plus makes it more fun. Aloha


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks peacegirl101.


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peacegirl101 6 years ago

LOVE IT


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks celinewayne for coming to my side of HP. I appreciate your comments.


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celinewayne 6 years ago

great post elayne,

i love seeing the video =)

thank you for coming to my hub =)

enjoy your day!


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

daisyjae - Yeah - now I am gardening and all the bending, digging, squatting, etc. seems to be giving me pretty good exercise and I sweat too from going back and forth. Whatever it takes, right?


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

jill of alltrades - thanks for stopping by - I think dancers get plenty of exercise without taking aerobics, but not sure. Thanks for commenting.


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daisyjae 6 years ago from Canada

Good for you for sticking with it! I`m like you, I don`t like to exercise in front of people.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

I enjoyed reading this Elayne! Though I love to dance, I have never tried dance aerobics. Congratulations for surviving it and eventually loving it!


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks you Naomi. I hope you will get better soon. God bless!


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Naomi R. Cox 6 years ago from Elberton, Georgia

elayne, I really enjoyed reading your hub! It makes me want to get into Dance aerobics, but until I get my feet straigtened out I can't. I see a new doctor today. Hopefully this one can help me, then I will start a fitness program. Thanks for sharing this with us. Keep up the good work.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

It was fun despite the pain. Dance aerobics is a great fitness program. Thanks for commenting Ann Nonymous.


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

Looks and sounds fun which doesn't hurt while exercising! Thanks for sharing this info-packed hub! Good job, Elayne!


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Yes, sticking to aerobics is a very beneficial routine. Need to be active every day doing something. Thanks JannyC for your comments.


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JannyC 6 years ago

Nintendo thanks you for mentioning the wii Arigatou. Great hub elayne you show sticking to something really does work and you lost 10lbs. Way to go!


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks akirchner. I am sure if I started again right now - it would hurt a bit, but then it would be worth it again. Thanks for your great comments.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

It is so hard doing something and changing your 'routine' - your muscles always let you know about it! Congrats for sticking it out!!


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks for all your comments. A treadmill will do (only if you use it) : )

Let's get fit!


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LianaK 6 years ago

You are an inspiration!!! Thanks so much for the great hub. I need to pull the treadmill out of storage and start walking :).


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Elayne, Good for you! When you first start an exercise class you will be sore, but your body will adjust then just like it happened for you; you lost 10 #. Consistency is the key. I finished my degree after I had a family also and that's a challenge all by itself. Great hub.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for your helpful hub and I think I could do with that. I'll be looking around.

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