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Poll dancing for exercise? And more fun ideas please...

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waitingforbetterdays Mon 03-Aug-09 22:40:42

Has anyone tried poll dancing for exercise? I'm thinking about it, but feel I might be embarressed, but it sounds like fun so think I might give it a try.

Also has anyone got any more fun ideas for exercise? As I just cannot get motivated to go to the gym or classes at the moment...

DjangoTheDjinn Mon 03-Aug-09 22:44:37

Is this a New Labour tactic to bring out the voters?

waitingforbetterdays Mon 03-Aug-09 22:48:54

No, lol I am serious...

nouveaupauvre Thu 06-Aug-09 20:10:21

i've done it - it was fun and a decent class will definitely work your muscles (ie you can feel the ache afterwards). not necessarily aerobic but definitely toning. didnt keep it up because the class moved but if you like alternatives to the gym, the next thing i did which i loved was a dance class (contemporary dance or ballet for beginners or salsa are perfectly possible if you've never done dance before). the other thing you might like is rock climbing (on indoor climbing wall). a lot more fun than the gym and makes you really strong as well as toned.

mollyroger Thu 06-Aug-09 20:11:43

egyptian dance (belly dancing, if you must)

waitingforbetterdays Fri 07-Aug-09 10:14:07

nou - where di you feel the ache most? was it in the stomache and hips area? as that is where I need it most.

I would defintly like to try some dance classes too, and have wanted to do indoor rock climbing for years, I really should look into it.

molly - is belly dancing good for toning the belly? I have heard alot of belly dancers have big bellys so was thinking maybe leave that one as I want my belly to get smaller... smile

Lizzylou Fri 07-Aug-09 10:21:27

I went to a belly dancing class once, made the mistake of going to a intermediate group who worked their way through a set routine whilst I sort of stumbled about and wiggled at the wrong times!
It was great fun though and felt like it would be very good for you. Particularly hips and thighs. Music was fab too.
Just go to a beginners class first!

Hollyoaks Fri 07-Aug-09 10:30:01

WFBD I did a pole dancing class for about 9 months before I got pg with dd (maybe thats how I ended up pg grin). Anyway, it was great for toning the arms (biceps and triceps) and the stomach. However be prepared for plenty of bruises, falls and aching muscles like I have never felt before.

P.S. Don't be embarrassed, if you find a good class it can be a massive confidence boost.

waitingforbetterdays Fri 07-Aug-09 10:46:02

lizzy - I defintly ned help on the hips, and thighs could do with toning as well...

Holly - sounds really good, aching is always a good sign. I think i will be embarrassed but will get used to it.

I know it sounds silly, but what did you wear to those classes?

Hollyoaks Fri 07-Aug-09 15:01:08

You can wear normal gym stuff but you'll find that you can grip the pole better with your thighs if you have skin contact, so I would wear some shorts. You can also wear trainers, bare feet, stilettos or boots, see what your class wears. Have fun. smile

SixtyFootDoll Fri 07-Aug-09 15:03:13

Pole dancing might be better

waitingforbetterdays Mon 10-Aug-09 11:30:50

I think I would prefer bare feet, not stilettos. grin

I've just joined a roller derby team. Great fun and good exercise.

waitingforbetterdays Mon 10-Aug-09 19:38:56

Roller derby team, what exactly is involved in that?

I have got some roller blades, but they dont get used much...

Its played on quad skates rather than blades. You have 2 teams of 5 skating round a track. 1 person from each team is a jammer and has to get through the pack to score points. The pack has to try and stop the other team's jammer getting through.

waitingforbetterdays Wed 12-Aug-09 19:56:20

Ohh that sounds scary, I'm not good enough at scating for that lol. Sounds like fun if you are brave enough... [smle]

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