Dance for cardio

I have mentioned before that I have been having some knee issues.

As part of trying to get them feeling happy again, we (meaning, the physio, rehab specialist and me) have been systematically working to discover what irritates them so we can start from there.  It’s been an on-going process for a while now.

The good news is that dance does not seem to irritate them (yay!), the bad news is that just about every other form of cardio exercise (bike, running, walking, stair climbing, elliptical) either irritates my knees or flares up my back.  The best option is 20 mins max of elliptical with no inclines.

So, based on that, my physio suggested that perhaps I do dance exercises for cardio and see how that works.  Since I am always looking for another reason to dance (like I need one!), I talked with Boss and so my dance cardio exercises have been born.  Basically it is 20 mins of alternating basic movements in cha cha, samba and jive with marching in basic jive position.  It’s pretty interesting what Boss has put together, and I am eager to try it out.

These are a sequence I will do before strength training to maintain (and hopefully improve!) my cardio fitness.  I can also do it in dance sneakers which saves me from having to change shoes during my gym session and keeps the facility managers from getting excited (my shoes have been ‘approved’ as they have suede bottoms, but sometimes the ladies at the front desk get worried when they see heels).

After the cardio session, I have a series of strengthening exercises ranging from squats to push-ups to rotator exercises.  I am hoping everything together will keep the good momentum going I have right now as my knees seem to be settling down.  The other question mark is my fitness test for work, so next week I will do a practice run to get a baseline of where I am and see where I need to go and what I need to do from there.



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