“The dancer’s body is simply the luminous manifestation of the soul.” – Isadora Duncan
The other day, I posted for MLSlavePuppet’s Tie Me Up Tuesday. It was a foot harness and it reminded me of ballet for some reason. With pink rope, I did the tie again and posed in relevé.
DISCIPLINE OF A DANCER’S BODY
I don’t have the discipline of a dancer to maintain my body to industry standards. In ballet, a dancer’s body is slim and I’m rather curvy in all the wrong places. Even while I did dance, I never had that sort of discipline.
It’s clear to me that I will never have that ideal dancer’s body and I’m okay with that. Once upon a time, I did want a body that looked like those you’d see in Swan Lake or the Nutcracker. But now, goals have changed and that’s not the aesthetic I’m aiming for.
I really like being considered strong. It’s something that some men like, but other men cower at. I’m not looking to be a bodybuilder and my goal isn’t to enter into those bikini competitions. But, I do want defined muscles that is gained naturally.
It will take discipline, but just not the same type of discipline. This time, it’ll be more so about consistency. I won’t have to perfect my plié. Although, I do need maintain good form when I squat. There won’t be a need to basically starve myself, but I do need to fuel my body with nutritious foods.
BALANCE OF A DANCER’S BODY
But I also need to make sure that I’m not consumed by my end goals. I used to be the sort of person who’d spend three to four hours at the gym each day. It left little time for anything else and I let it consume my life.
Like a dancer’s body is able to balance in relevé, on pointe, or in a pirouette, I need to maintain balance in my life. Working on myself is a definite must, but I also need to remember my relationships with others.
I’ve always been one extreme or the other. Consumed by aesthetic or consumed by other things in life. I went from this fitness fanatic to a lazy bum overnight. When I met Sir, I wanted to devote most of my time to him so I let my fitness slide. I may have been injured, but it didn’t take this long to recover. I’ve also become consumed with this blog. Fitness took the backseat to ensuring that I had posts written for this blog. This blog also started at a time when I was writing a poem a day so it requires even more time.
Neither extremes are healthy habits so there is an importance for balance. Physical balance is also needed as I do add in unilateral training into my workouts as it helps point out deficits in certain areas of the body and helps strengthen them.
FITNESS FRIDAY – WEEK TWO RECAP
I did workout a bit more this week. Not only did I workout twice, but I also went for a couple of walks. Workouts were intense and my heart rate spiked a bit too much.
The first workout was more like yoga, but not quite. It was more dynamic and definitely required more stamina and strength. The second workout was closer to Tabata style training and it was a twenty minute workout. Weights were involved as well so not only was it a bit of strength training, but it was cardio as well. Tabata style training seems to be too intense for me so I think I’ll begin writing my own program as the ones out there never seem to fit my exact needs.
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