2/7/2013 12:46 PM
By Kelly Deeny
Perhaps you recall my mentioning that I hate exercise. Because I do. It’s effort. It’s work and all of my work ethic is focused on my career.
Having said that, I’ve found one form of fitness that I deem to be acceptable and even fun. I know, my family and friends probably rolled their eyes on that one but it’s possible. I…love…Zumba! Primarily because even though I’m moving for the full 45 minutes with sweat dripping off my body, I am having a good time. I am dancing, stretching and surrounded by others who are enjoying the class as much as I am.
For nearly a year now I’ve been going to Zumba classes—and on a fairly regular basis. I’ve missed a few here and there, especially when work gets busy, but I’m very proud of myself for being as dedicated and motivated as I am. I’m even going to a charity Zumbathon this weekend!
When I leave Zumba class I feel reinvigorated, like I just went to the spa or ate a really healthy meal. My body’s thankful and I’m proud of having accomplished something that’s more productive than sitting on my couch watching my favorite TV shows. (Don’t get me wrong, watching my shows is productive but on an artistic level.)
I am about 25 pounds heavier than is healthy for my body and I have made conscious choices to rectify that situation. Zumba is only one aspect of that “Healthier Kelly” plan. Because I don’t exercise much, when I find something that works for me and that I actually look forward to then I proudly recommend it to friends and family. I get a lot out of these classes and if I can say that, then there’s plenty others out there who’d probably find it just as fulfilling.
A graduate of Temple University's English program, Kelly Deeny recently completed book one in her juvenile fiction series. Using various forms of the creative arts, Kelly seeks to heal the emotional and spiritual scars that remain from her 1979 open heart surgery. While her ventricular septal defect was repaired and no physical limitations remain, she's just recently realized how vital the arts are to her healing process. Visit Kelly’s website by clicking here.
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2 comment(s) so far...
By Billie Keaffaber on
2/17/2013 11:57 AM
Re: Dancing to the Beat
I trying to do more exercise here and family doctor just said exercise as tolerated I like to get back into life bit. I been put on beta blockers which been tiring me out a bit. I was dianosised with left ventrical non compaction cardiomyopathy. Exercise seems so hard right now I have walked a bit and want to do more thought I start with trying to do more around house. To help out a bit. I am wondering if this is enough for now or if I should try to do more if it wears me out.
By Philip Sevilla on
2/25/2013 8:49 AM
Re: Dancing to the Beat
Dancing is one good exercise and at the same time a good recreational and bonding activity with friends even to our family and love ones. I am not a good dancer but being a good dancer is not that necessary, as long as you can move your body and can follow the steps and the music, we are good to go, we are not joining a contest where being graceful and synchronize is really important.