More Work, Less Twerk

You guys. Tomorrow I have to go to work! WORK! For the 96% of you that aren’t teachers you’re like, And…? Welcome to the rest of us. I know if you have kids you’re probably celebrating. But me? I’m going to miss my daily twerk sessions! I’m a little bit freaking out about getting my workouts in without removing my wonderful self from my family’s presence for too much time. Plus, I’m not sure if I’ve shared this yet, but I’ve become a bit of a maker fanatic -I make these books called junk journals that you can check out here if you are interested. But making has become a form of meditation and therapy for me ever since running went out with my knees.

Anyhow, here’s the plan I’ve come up with to keep the working out aligned with the working:

  • Monday: Daily Mile, YouTube SDF Sweatset
  • Tuesday: Dance
  • Wednesday: Daily Mile, Elliptical
  • Thursday: Daily Mile, HHK Dance Prep, YouTube SDF Sweatset
  • Friday: Daily Mile, Hip Hop Kids Dance Fitness
  • Saturday: Dance
  • Sunday: Dance

On days I work out, my calories are so much easier to keep in line. For now, I feel like it’s pretty important to build up a habit that will keep me trending in the right direction so I don’t have to obsess over calories or get anxious. For now.

The Daily Mile is an in-school program that is free to participate in for any teacher. All it entails is committing to running or walking for at least 12 minutes, three days per week, with your students. I keep sneakers at my school and power walk or slow jog with my students. It’s been amazing to watch my second graders participate. Some of them need it and run hard, every day, for the entire time. Other more sedentary kids have built endurance and stopped complaining about their lungs hurting. It’s been amazing, and since they love it, they respect the rules of being quiet and safe. Plus, they’re so much calmer in class afterwards and I bonus a mini workout built into the work day.

The YouTube SDF Sweatset is just that. The dance company I work and dance with is called Seattle Dance Fitness. If you’re not in Seattle or can’t make it to a class, my beloved boss/teacher/friend Jessica creates classes you can take for free online through YouTube. It’s an awesome way to get your heart rate up whenever you have a few minutes to attend a party for one.