So what to do when one needs to do something different, something that involves other parts of the brain. Something that helps keep you healthy? Mentally and physically?
No gyms. I don't care for gyms.
I see the beautiful pictures that my friends take while on hikes. I enjoy seeing the pictures.
I feel that a hike is more commitment than I would like to make. Only time I ever tried out for a long hike was a failure. I was in Girl Scouts and ended up in the infirmary because I was too winded or too heavy or some such thing.
Next attempts hiking took place with my ex-husband. He is a good man. We were a poor match.
This was particularly apparent in the different ways we approached getting from her to there when an incline was involved.
To make matters worse, one hike I suffered a bad sunburn and heat stroke. Who knew Ms. Tan-able could get that bad a sunburn. He didn't. I didn't either. I think my melanin was surprised by the very non-smoggy sunlight.
A better choice for me is dance.
When I was a re-entry student at UC Riverside I used to go to the Folk Dancing Club on Friday nights. Back then I could do 4 hours of nonstop twirling, stomping, and line moving. Bulgarian, Swedish, Italian; you play the music and I'm still ready to move.
When we moved to Pasadena and I took up Scottish Country Dancing. Loved it. Throop Unitarian Universalist Church had classes. Every Monday you could count on my being there.
So now, as a Senior, I'm still ready for some dance action. What to do? Something I've never done before. Time for a little Ballet Folklorico.
I've never done this sort of dance before so I'm having a great time. It's a bit of physical Lumosity, I think. Rhythmic patterns, turning, gesturing all while enjoying some good music and having a laugh or two when the rest of the class is going one way and I'm going the other.
This, for me, is a swell match.