At the moment, I’m discovering how much exercising helps me mentally during this crazy time. A few weeks ago I finally started running again after a year off, I regularly do yoga and tai chi too, but since my movement has been so limited recently, I find myself with so much excess energy to burn that I need to do more. I normally get very antsy if I haven’t been outside in a while, but after trying my hip hop class the other day I haven’t stopped exercising inside since!
The fantastic local fitness centre that I would normally go to for tai chi has started live-streaming a few classes a day on their website (no login required!). I had great fun with my friend doing a Zumba class over video chat, so I was very excited to see line dancing on the schedule, something totally new to me.
Normally I’d try and get someone to join me over video chat, but the class was on at a time where people were busy with other things so unfortunately, I was flying solo. This was fine at first, but as the class went on I realised it would have been so much more fun with somebody else.
The teacher didn’t appear to be very comfortable, and only really relaxed about halfway through. To be fair, I think the class was intended for older people so I found it quite slow and actually a bit boring in places – my attention wondered so much at one point that I started to clean the floor. However, once the teacher got into it, a real country song came on, and her “yeehah!” started coming out, it was so much fun! I had my fingers hitched in my belt loop, added some woops and some finger clicks, and actually had a great time.
I would try this again with other people as it would be so much fun, but I won’t do it again whilst we’re all isolating. Some things are better with other people.