Dancing is the best form of exercise there is. Better than walking or running, helps with coordination, memory, balance, muscle strength and it feels so good!
Take a class or just free style it. Belly Dancing is fun!
I am of part Native American decent but have never shown much interest in any of my heritage, due to I am from many people, a real mutt, an American.
I believe my green thumb and love of nature comes from the indigenous blood flowing inside of me. I would spend most of my time as a child in fields catching snakes and tadpoles, picking wild berries in spring and hazelnuts in the fall. I was taught about wild plants and would actually forage meals of nuts and berries where I lived many years ago. My father taught me to hunt and fish with respect to nature and the animals and I was actually given a knife to use when I was very young after given instructions on how to use it properly and safely. I used to think of myself as the “herb lady” but as you can tell from my blog, this kind of got away from me. I do only grow organic and still grow some herbs. Many died when I had my Akita who loved to pee on anything green. I think my large silver sage died of natural causes as they usually do.
Enhanced pictures taken from one of the Powwow’s held in Tecumseh Michigan years ago. I usually don’t take pictures but took a few of this one.
I am not going to waste your time on this site by posting any actual exercises. There are many of them and most movement is good for you. The main thing to remember is walking is the best exercise and most natural. We need to be sure to use the upper body to maintain strength as we age. Exercising with small weights can help. As an ex-dancer and dance teacher, I know what a great work out dancing is.
Anyone who has seen Dancing With The Stars can see how many of the contestants lose weight while on the show. Belly Dancing is a sensual way to become attune to your body as you tone it! It is important not to overdo any exercise and check with your Dr if you have any health issues or are obese before you try anything strenuous.
Working out with others gives people more incentive. You might try checking out your local school’s continuing education programs for any dance or fitness classes that seem reasonable. Don’t become obsessive about the latest diet or exercise, you need to find a way to move in everything that you do, to incorporate exercise, so you don’t feel like it is something you have to do, it is something your body wants to feel. The glorious feeling of being stretched and relaxed, not worn out!
Exercise can never be overrated.
Your overall fitness and health depends more on exercise or lack thereof, then your diet when it comes to weight loss and muscle tone.
As long as you are not actually overeating, taking in more calories than you burn and eating really bad, fatty foods, you should be able to eat what you want in reasonable portion sizes and be able to lose or maintain your weight if you move enough.
I knew people that never did structured exercise in their life, but between gardening, having very clean houses, taking occasional walks
and going out dancing once a week, they had great figures even with their healthy appetites. You never want to be sloth-like, laying or
sitting around all the time. It is dangerous to lose so much muscle tone, as well as potentially causing blood clots to form.
The more muscle you lose, the more cellulite appears in its place. Ask any ex-dancer!
When I was young I was so surprised to find out that I was the only witch in ballet class!
That was before Botox was discovered!
(Posing after my witch costume was removed one Halloween)