Signs of the Times

Phyl CampbellStarred Page By Phyl Campbell, 4th Jun 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2zktvbn0/
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After several failed attempts at this thing called "exercise," I may have found something I'll stick with.

Working Out on my own was not Working Out

I never want to look like Richard Simmons. Ever. And when someone said the word Jazzercise to me, that's exactly what I would think of. Old music. Leg warmers. Short shorts. Prancing.

No way, thank you very much.

But I love to dance. I'm not good at it, but I love to move. When I was in HS and college, I went to dances and I'd dance in my room to whatever was on the radio. I was in great shape and I loved it. On becoming an adult, having a kid, and all of that, I stopped going out, stopped trying to meet guys because I was married, and spent a lot more time with my laptop than my stereo. Signs of the times.

So I needed to find ways to exercise and lose the weight that found me with my new-found status as a responsible parent and adult. I've tried exercise videos. Lots of them. And more recently, the Wii. And for a week or two, they'd be fine. But the thing about videos is this great button called pause. Or this other great button, stop. Or what about eject -- what a great button. I think I've sold all my exercise videos and DVDs at garage sales by this point, and though I pick up the occasional one from the library, I am just as likely to watch it WHILE EATING POPCORN AND DRINKING DR. PEPPER ON THE COUCH than I am to exercise to it. No joke. I'll dance to the Wii with kids or friends, but won't bother for myself. Too much hassle to get the remote to register. Even when it does register, I can cheat the Wii and I know it. So a work out at home will not work out for me.

24 hour gyms

Twenty-four hour gyms sound great, don't they? But if I can do something any time of day, chances are I won't. It will always be there, I reason, so it will be there when I get around to it. Which I won't.

My classes have to be at a certain time and then they can be worked into my schedule. Like any habit, I've slipped and fallen off the wagon, but I'm getting back up on it. I went back to my instructors this week and started collecting their teaching schedules so I can choose among my very favorites. If I'm going to be selfish about my workout, I'm not going to take just anybody's class. I'm going to pick 2 or 3 a week that I can stick to and stick to them. I'm going to make myself a priority.

Here's a video of a LARGE group of dancers who have made Jazzercise a priority. I've worked out to these songs, but haven't performed them in front of an audience like this. These women (and any guys that I didn't see) are amazing!

Hmmm. The last song in this video I have done in a class, but it was a Zumba class. It was the only song in the Zumba class I knew, and I wasn't fond of it, or of my son hearing it. But the moves look the same. Very interesting. But I didn't stick with Zumba because the child care wasn't adequate for my almost pre-teen and so I couldn't focus on myself. I also, as I've mentioned earlier, have no rhythm -- Latin or otherwise.

Speaking of instructors, when I tried Curves gym a few years back, I had a kickboxing instructor there that I loved. He really pushed me -- I lost a little weight and strengthened my postpartum abs. The problem was that the gym was women only. When some of the women objected to the male trainer, the club let him go. So I left, too, in protest. I won't return. I'm feminist, not sexist.

Enter Jazzercise

And that's another thing I love about Jazzercise. There are more women, because women seem more in line to dance. But Jazzercise isn't just dance. *Here's a sample video of some songs I danced and kickboxed to this summer. Nope; you won't find me on the video, but I chose one with songs I've actually done.* There is enough kickboxing and weights -- though weights aren't in the video link -- incorporated to keep me interested. And men are not excluded. So dance like nobody's watching, if that's your thing. However, if you need accountability, you may want to try Jazzercise and see if it's for you.

*U.W.P. = Used With Permission

The Jazzercise images are courtesy of my instructor, who owns two Jazzercise locations. However, she didn't know what I was going to write, and I didn't run this by her before posting it here. The opinions, errors, additions or omissions about this or any other form of exercise are all mine. I have not been compensated in any way by Jazzercise for this article unless one counts the permission to use the images.

The video that I embedded is not one I own, and I hope avalynnbrown7 does not mind my using it to showcase his/her awesome Jazzercise friends. They did great, didn't they?

No offense is meant to Zumba classes anywhere. Just because it isn't my thing doesn't mean it can't be someone else's thing, and more power to them if it is. In a different time and place, it might have been fine. Although I still lack rhythm.

No offense is meant to Curves gym, either, as there are many women who would prefer their experience to be women only. I do not speak for those women, only for myself and those who would benefit from knowledge of my experience.

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Aging, Comfort Zone, Jazzercise, Working, Working Out

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I am "Author, Mother, Dreamer." I am also teacher, friend, Dr. Pepper addict, night-owl. Visit my website -- phylcampbell.com -- or the "Phyl Campbell Author Page" on Facebook.

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
8th Oct 2013 (#)

Good Morning, Phyl
Thanks for illuminating the personal aspect of exercising. Just as there are multiple pathways to recovery, you’ve demonstrated in this that there has to be a way that is individual or people are just not going to stick with something.

Great article and deserving of Star ~Marilyn

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
8th Oct 2013 (#)

such fun this Phyl...

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author avatar Connie McKinney
8th Oct 2013 (#)

Great article, Phyl. I am so glad you found something you can stick with. Keep on dancing, having fun and staying healthy.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
8th Oct 2013 (#)

I dance and this was how it became more defined for me wherein I came back into real dancing only earlier this year but prior to this using Zumba and aerobics to get me in form again prior to my baby.
I also do water aerobics and yoga which helps me remain in shape along with an active mind. I am no couch potato but admit that I have been this.
Dance schedules for me are about 8 hours along side active parenting and taking up my child's homework and I love it. Its who I am. Became a certified choreographer because of this. Just learning how to incorporate martial art techniques into dance on a more definitive basis to blend acting into music/dance.
This is to destroy the myth that mother cannot do strenuous rigorous dance workouts because of body stiffness and fat because of their 'crime' of motherhood. Destroyed the person who said it by calling him a chauvinist and learnt the steps from another instructor and perfected it.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th Oct 2013 (#)

Being disciplined in exercise is only for few and I am glad that you have found what is right for you. Wish you many fruitful sessions, Phyl, keep dancing - siva

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author avatar Jerry Walch
8th Oct 2013 (#)

Good morning Phyl,
At 70 years young, I don't make it down to the dojo more than once or twice a week, but I do walk everyday, averaging 7 to 10 miles a day. Walgreens has a good incentive program for those interested in walking for health and exercise, a program called healthy steps. Healthy Steps rewards you in points that can be used for discounts at their brick and mortar stores as well as at their online site.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
8th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks all; I need all the encouragement I can get!

Oh -- I forgot to apologize to Richard Simmons (whom my mother adored back in the day, BTW). He's in better shape than I am and I have no room to critique his physique -- but that hair and those wild eyes! Anyway - sorry, Richard. ;)

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author avatar C.D. Moore
9th Oct 2013 (#)

Enjoyable read, thanks Phyl.
Glad you found the exercise for you and enlightened us about Jazzercise in the process.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
9th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks, C.D. Moore -- nice to meet you!

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author avatar Johnny Knox
10th Oct 2013 (#)

It's nice you found the right exercise that fits your needs, Phyl.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
11th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks, Johnny!

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author avatar iwriter_sourav
13th Oct 2013 (#)

Thank you for sharing such an interesting thing with us. I hope the exercise is beneficial for you and you feeling more and more healthy day by day.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
13th Oct 2013 (#)

Thanks, iwriter!

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