When I say ‘Jazzercise’ … are you old enough to have images of spandex thong leotards, LA Gear high top tennis shoes, and scrunch socks? Or worse, Richard Simmons in those REALLY SHORT running shorts!
Me too. Hey, I even had a ‘Vic Tanny’ membership back in high school!
This morning I took a free sample Jazzercise class and really enjoyed it! I am finishing my 5K running class at church in a few weeks, but I don’t think I will be running much in winter. Too dark, icy, and cold where I live.
I have been motivated to find a exercise outlet for fall on a few levels. It’s really beneficial for me to do something a few times a week that is just for me and helps me cultivate some interests outside of “mom duties.” I also want to do good things for my bones, as I know I am on the osteopenia spectrum and activities that put force on your bones build bone! Finally, I have read that one of the best things you can do in perimenopause is exercise to relieve symptoms.
The women in the class were generally older than me, some by quite a lot. The class was 55 minutes – about 45 cardio/dance and the remaining time strength training. The instructor is also a 6th grade teacher and is pregnant! In my neighborhood Jazzercise is three times a day, and you can drop in anytime you want and as much as you want. Love that convenience.
The workout was excellent. Prepare for sweat. I came home, took a shower, and I think I was still sweating. Seriously! I liked the fact that it included strength training (weights) because that is something I will generally avoid doing otherwise. I have also tried Zumba and like that as well, though for me personally, Jazzercise was a more vigorous workout.
When I got home, my DD asked me with confusion, “Why are there so many dishes in the sink?!” And that, my friends, is also a reason for mom to get out of the house regularly :)
If you are curious about Jazzercise, check out some of the videos on Youtube.