Keeping fit

If there’s one way of not getting too much exercise, it’s sitting at a computer writing. In the last five months in particular, I’ve spent a great deal of time doing just that. My second novel has been causing difficulties as I am weaving fictional characters into actual historical events. Finally about five weeks ago a number of issues were resolved and I began to write at a furious pace.  30,000 words now since I started.

The lack of exercise was becoming a problem.  I hate jogging and gyms with a great passion and although I have an exercise bike and do go on it from time to time, to be honest, it’s a bit boring. The solution came from an unlikely source, namely my local Morrison’s customer board. An advert for a swing dance class at a local Social club caught my eye. I should explain that I have been a huge fan of the big bands for as long as I can remember and grew up through the Rock era. To cut a long story short, my partner and I went along. After five, two-hour lessons, we’re really hooked. The class is great and a good place to meet people and enjoy music I like. Not to mention the fact that already I’m starting to feel a lot healthier.

The version of swing dance we go to is called Lindy Hop. This was developed in the 20’s and 30’s and has it’s roots in the charleston, blackbottom and other dances of the era. Jive, jitterbug and Rock are all versions of Lindy Hop. I’ve been amazed at the number of people involved and have just signed up for my next set of lessons. If you like this sort of thing,  there’s sure to be a class somewhere near.  Why not give it a go, it’s a great fun way to exercise.  More later.

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  1. Alain Wong says:

    Glad to hear that you discovered Lindy Hop. I’m also a big fan of 1930’s-40’s big bands.

    When I was in school, I played team sports, but never liked going to the gym. And then I discovered social dancing, and gradually quit all the other sports I did.

    Lindy Hop is all the exercise I get these days. And it’s great. You get to work on your fitness and socialize at the same time!

    You should look up Lindy Hop exchanges – that’s when people from around the globe travel to a city to dance for a whole weekend. Like a dance marathon. You might like it.

  2. Peter says:

    Thanks for the suggestion. We are going to a Saturday teach-in and dance on the 22nd. Hope to learn a few more moves. Although we still need to get the basics well practiced, otherwise we just get confused.

    Still as you say, it’s very good exercise.

  3. Jenny says:

    Hi Peter, just discovered your blog, thanks so much for your lovely comments about our classes, and please keep coming!

    Good luck with the book launch,

    best wishes, Jenny

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