As the kids go back to school, I’m preparing to go back to Dance Fit.
After seeing so many posts on my news feed of friends’ children kitted out in their school uniform, I can’t help but think me and my class members should post ‘back to class’ photos of ourselves with all our workout gear on to mark the occasion!
I’ve already been inundated with messages along the lines of “I hope you’re going to ease us back in!” and “I’ll be there but I feel so unfit!”
I would just like to let all my class members in on a little secret…
I’m as nervous as you are!
Believe it or not, despite being beside myself with excitement at the thought of those first classes back, I’ve definitely got ‘back to school’ nerves!
Will I feel really unfit?
Will I manage?
What if I look like I’m struggling?
Will I remember what I’m doing?
If you are a regular reader of my blog or follow me on social media, you will know that I have tried to stick to regular exercise over these last few months. However, my workouts have been very sporadic. I’d go a week without doing any physical activity, then have a week where I was determined to workout every single day.
I never really found a new workout routine that I stuck to. I could have easily committed to doing so many dance workouts a week (which I would have loved) but I didn’t.
The lockdown experience did make me wonder – if I didn’t teach would I be an exercise yo-yoer?
Despite promising myself I would exercise regularly I’ve done a lot less these last few months than I normally would. There is a good chance it will be a shock to the system when I return to classes. I think my body is definitely going to know about it!
I’ve always gone to weekly dance or exercise classes since I can remember, well before I was teaching. I would never miss a class. Somehow, it’s just not been the same working out at home.
I’ve missed the class atmosphere, being with other people and the accountability of teaching/going to a class.
I can’t wait to get back to it all. But it doesn’t mean I don’t have that little voice inside my head saying, “Will it be OK? Will I be able to do it?!”
I’ve already had a few anxiety dreams about teaching. Silly things happened in them like I couldn’t get my music to work, then I couldn’t find the right songs and then I couldn’t remember any of my routines. I also had one where LOADS of people turned up without having pre-booked a space and then they wouldn’t leave when I tried turning them away!
I’ve been teaching at the dance school I work for over the summer holidays but regardless I still think to myself, “I hope I haven’t forgotten how to teach!”
So, please don’t worry if you’re experiencing some nerves at the thought of returning to or starting Dance Fit.
It’s perfectly normal to feel this way.
It’s like going back to work after your holidays! Having a crisis of confidence is to be expected.
But let me tell you, when I’ve been practicing my routines, I’ve had the biggest smile on my face. It just feels so good to be dancing and exercising to great music. Dance Fitters – I’m ready for you! Let’s do this!