Now that I am done with 2 years of school (while working full time), I am feeling the need to get this fat body moving a little.
My preferred way of getting things moving is tap dance!
I am not great at it but I enjoy it. And I think that is the key to any form of exercise. (I hate to call it exercise, because truthfully, I DON’T LIKE TO EXERCISE, but I can’t think of another term.) You work up a sweat and it can be as intense a workout as you want – very easy to modify.
When I was a 6 years old, my mom took me to tap class. They taught us heel-toe, heel-toe, brush, brush, brush. And that is what we did – lesson after lesson, week after week. I was bored out of my mind, so I quit. But I never lost my desire to learn to tap. I have done some tap in shows, and I have taken some lessons. Now I just get DVDs and work from them.
My one rule, for myself and fat tap is that I do not “catch air”. There are no hops or leaps going on. I guess you could call it low impact tap. If the lesson calls for a hop or leap – they get a heel drop. Same sound, happier knees and ankles.
If you are not able to stand up for a long time, you can do a lot of it sitting down.
And I have seriously considered getting a walker, for stability and lift when I’m tapping, and using that so I can catch air – and I SWEAR I thought of this before I saw the musical version of The Producers and the tap dancing little old ladies.
So if you’re looking for something fun to add a little movement into your life, you might want to consider fat tap!