I haven’t taken a ballet class in a while. I also have not done any of my ballet dvd (ballet diy) in ages. I haven’t been well lately, and get home after work so exhausted that all I have the energy for is lying down on the sofa.
(I knew something was wrong with me when I could not face putting on high-heels in the morning. I just did not have the energy. And if you know me, you know how weird this is since I once turned up to uni coughing my brains out, on antibiotics, but wearing heels and mascara.)
But I feel myself getting better, and I think some light exercise may actually help me. So this week I vow to do at least one hour of ballet.
As I am a girl on a budget, and even the local community centre ballet class is out of my range at the moment, I will have to resort to what I like to call ballet DIY. I know it sounds dangerous, but it really isn’t. It does not count as a proper class, but it does help make me feel like I am doing ballet again.
One of my favourite resources is Element: Ballet Conditioning with Elise Gulam. It is more of a ballet fitness than actually class, but still. It is a great workout and still leaves you feeling like you are actually doing ballet.
Another lovely resource is the Royal Opera House’s ABC of Ballet videos. There are about 9 videos, and not only are they super entertaining and interesting, they also work as a mini-class, if you arrange, and repeat a few of them. They are lovely.
I know these are no substitute for an actually class, but I find that they help me quite a lot. And they are also fun.
I am in no advocating that you teach yourself ballet. That is not even possible, and potentially dangerous. But if you know a little exercise safety basics and you look after yourself, these resources can be actually fun.
I do love exercise DVDs, and have quite a lot of them. I love Darcey Bussel’s Pilates for life, and have quite a lot of the Ten-minute solution DVDs.
And of course, you have to love wii fit! I say you haven’t really lived until you pretended to be a flying chicken on wii fit:
I might do a combination of all of the above this week… one hour guys! Looking forward to it already!