Thursday, September 25, 2014

Downward Dancing Dog

I hate working out.

Let me say that again.

I HATE WORKING OUT!!!!!!!!!!

You know that whole "endorphins make you happy" thing?

Riiiiight.

I have never experienced these so-called "endorphins", and they certainly aren't making me happy.

I have, on the other hand, felt like barfing after a work out. Or napping. Or barfing then napping.

You get the picture.

Unfortunately exercise is a major component in Parky's therapy. Booooo!!


Not that I'd ever let Parkinson's dictate my lifestyle choices. I only let vintage do that. Haha!

As in, "I will fit into that 28" novelty skirt, or so help me!!"


But since it is a recommended therapy, and being that I CANNOT live without vintage,  I suppose I must exercise.

*sigh*

Not just any exercise though; Parky's requires exercise that helps with coordination and balance. Dance, boxing, and bicycling rate high on the best types of exercise for people with Parkinson's, as do Pilates and Yoga.


So I set out to research some of the finest workouts the internet and cable can provide. AKA I procrastinated.

Did I NOT mention I hate working out??

I do love to dance though. Dance plus working out equals A Cardio Party!!


Or at least that's what Hulu calls it. Today I danced along to Rhythmica: Dance Cardio Party, and giggled the whole time. (Oh the scripting!) I also got my heart pumping, and my whole body engaged.

Afterwards I was flushed and sweaty, and definitely did not look like a gorgeous Gil Elvgren pin-up. But I also didn't throw-up.

Progress Poodles! Progress!!

Please appreciate the irony of my t-shirt. ;)
Apparently my Parky's brain really does like exercise. Or rather, it likes to exer-dance in the un-judging, un-humiliating comfort of my living room.

Hmmm... maybe Husband will try swing dancing with me...



18 comments :

  1. I agree.
    But I do take a pilates class once a week which feels really good on my poor non stretched body. But to see any benefit I would nee to do it several times a week......I think it's just a chance to escape the kids for an hour a week.

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    1. Hahaha! You are wayyy braver than me. The thought of my uncoordinated body, trying to keep up in a class, fills me with horror! ;)
      ~xoxo!

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  2. I hate exercise, too...I don't like sweating! But I have found that I love Pure Barre! It's a fusion of Pilates, yoga and ballet barre exercises. If there's a studio in your area, you should try it.

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    1. My friend was telling me about this! I definitely want to check it out. :)
      ~xoxo, CoriLynn

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  3. I totally agree. I feel the same way. I want to fit into my old clothes, but I just don't have the motivation. Ugh! I wish we lived closer. It would help to have a workout buddy.

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    1. My motivation right now is seriously the 4 skirts I have hanging in my closet that I CAN'T fit in!! It's killing me!
      It would be awesome if you were closer!
      ~xoxo!

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  4. I share your hatred with working out. I've had to "exercise" in the form of Physical Therapy for the last few month. About the only thing I can do is aqua-therapy (exercising in a pool so that I don't have the weight of the world on my spine). Now that I'm done with PT, I'm having to figure out what other form of exercise I can do. Any sort of jumping or bouncing is a big huge NO. Pilates or yoga, I might be able to do, but I have limited range of motions. I know I can do aquacise but I HATE cold, public pools:(. Ugh, this whole exercise for the sake of our chronic disorders stuff is for the birds. I'm very happy that you are finding something that works for you, that you can do in you home. P.S. I love your shirt, and I totally got the irony.

    She Knits in Pearls

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    1. Seriously I know! Working out is bad enough, but then when you're limited in what you can do, all motivation goes away. I basically just want to dance crazy around my living room for 30 minutes, does that count? ;)
      ~xoxo, CoriLynn

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  5. I hate! Exercising! I hate walking in treadmills to nowhere and going to the gym. I found that I like activities where I don't feel like I'm actually working out like dancing (belly, ballet, jazz, swing) and rock climbing or even something like silks or lyra. I think once you find your groove you'll get into it.

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    1. I really want to try the Barre workout, and belly dancing! I did try learning some swing with my husband. The biggest problem was all the turns. With my Parkinson's I got super dizzy. Didn't anticipate that! But I did just read that the tango is great for Parky's so I've got to make him try that. Romance AND exercise! ;)
      ~xoxo, CoriLynn

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  6. I go the gym most lunchtimes during the week, and I have to say that I love going, as it breaks up my work day and it makes me feel good to move around a bit, rather than sit at my desk all day! I would find mornings or evenings a lot harder to motivate myself, so I think the timing of your exercise is key. I only do classes at the gym, as I find them more fun and they force me to push myself harder - my favourites are kettlebells, powerplate, zumba and yoga! I think you should definitely try a boxing class, as it's surprisingly fun, gets you so fit and burns so many calories! Also, yoga is great (although I will admit that I am terrible at it!) for balance.

    You already know how I feel about dancing....get out there on the floor and shake it! :D

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  7. So glad you didn't barf. I have a coworker who swing dances. While she is a little, um, strange, she is also delightfully thin.

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    1. Haha! I've been doing some Zumba dvd's at home, and I do enjoy a dance style workout more than any other. The hardest part is staying motivated. Bleh! ;)
      ~xoxo, CoriLynn

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  8. Hahaha! Such a fun post, Corilynn! I feel your pain;)

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  9. I used to HATE working out! Now I make it fun or rewarding, like plugging into an episode of Mad Men whilst doing my cardio. I find varying your routine, like weights, really helps avoid boredom! After a few weeks, you should start to feel better & reap the rewards of the workouts (Better sleep, weight loss, muscle tone). Good luck and have fun!! :)

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  10. I never understood the attraction some people have toward exercise, either. It's a necessary chore but a chore nonetheless. Funny post -- you write really well. I like your blog. (Found it over at Jessica's.)

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  11. Bless your heart, I hate exercise too! I used to like yoga once in a while, though.
    Hope you have a good Thanksgiving~
    hugs,
    Dorothy

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