What a great time we had with my sister, Arlene and my brother-in-law, Ron these past few days while they visited from the Big Apple. We got in eating at some of our favorite local spots (Sakura, Big Bear and Falafel Bistro) had some great talks, learned a lot about fracking (those of us that wish for our country to be counting on our own resources for energy need to know the current dangers of fracking as the reality of this goal) and enjoyed an afternoon at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, always a great destination with out-of-towners. The highlight of that outing was DEFINITELY watching some swing dancing in the area outside the casino, where a band was playing all my favorite big band tunes. There was one woman who obviously was far from a spring chicken but had legs and a figure that most of us females would die for. She wore a very open knit short dress over something and some high-heeled dancing shoes with her long hair pulled back in a pony-tail and a smile that NEVER left her face. She displayed living proof that nothing hurts and we are ageless when we are dancing. Before we walked away I HAD to let her know how joyful and uplifting it was just to watch her and be in her presence! Moments like this, people like her…they are where I get my inspiration and motivation from. Definitely.
When we dance, we kick up the volume on our happy hormones–our endorphins. Same thing happens when we do aerobic exercise. As my darling student Shirley says, when she was younger she always wished to die on the dance floor–now she wishes to die in exercise class! While I never want that to happen in my class, I totally understand what she means.
In the midst of the chaos of the holiday season… family, friends, partying, traveling, shopping, overspending, overeating, overdrinking etc., PLEASE find some time to MOVE in a way that gets YOUR endorphins pumping. It is good for EVERYTHING that ails us, and even what doesn’t.
Speaking of an endorphin rush, congratulations to Gary Jones (Nicole’s dad) on earning his pilot’s license last week. What an accomplishment. We know you will be extra careful when transporting our precious cargo 🙂
I will be posting my schedule changes for the holiday season. For this week, it’s full speed ahead. If you are a SilverSneakers member and find yourself part of the fallout at Bally, come on down to Tamarac Fitness Center. We’ve got a chair with YOUR name on it! I’ll be there today, tomorrow, Wednesday and Friday at 11:30.
Make it a magical Monday. Much love.
- What the ‘F…’ Is Fracking? (blogher.com)
- EPA: Fracking Chemicals Found In Drinking Water (inquisitr.com)
- Can you dance yourself fit? (newsviews.co.uk)