I Went To A Cardio Dance Class And I Now Know Why I Could Never Be A Ballerina

I Went To A Cardio Dance Class And I Now Know Why I Could Never Be A Ballerina

Who says boppin' to Ariana isn't a workout?

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My workout schedule is almost identical to that of Fat Amy's in "Pitch Perfect," it consists of horizontal running and... Well, nothing else really. Other than walking to class every morning and attending a yoga class every week or so, I rarely do anything that could even fall into the category of physical activity.

You can imagine my hesitation when my friends asked me to attend a cardio dance class. Just the word "cardio" made me want to fake an illness and avoid the situation altogether.

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But if there is one thing I love more than I fear cardio, it's dancing. Am I good at it? Absolutely not. Do I do it in public? Never. Do I have weird dreams about ballroom dancing with Derek Hough? Occasionally. Has my roommate walked in on me jumping around the room while singing "Uptown Girl" into a hairbrush? Almost.

Long story short: I went to the class. Not only did I go to the class, but I was front-and-center. I was absolutely terrified, to say the least.

For anyone who doesn't know, I dance like an injured goose (similar to Taylor Swift in the "Delicate" music video.) That being said, you can imagine my fear of being on display for every other girl present during that class. Now, I don't want to say I rocked it or anything, but I definitely had the most fun!

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When is the last time you had the opportunity to body roll to an Ariana Grande song? For me, it was never.

I couldn't care less that my grasshopper arms refused to sway like the instructors. I felt no embarrassment when my hip shaking was nonexistent. And when I almost slipped while hopping into a criss-cross move, I simply tilted my chin up and acted as though nothing was wrong. As far as I was concerned, nothing was.

That was until after class.

It has now been almost forty-eight hours since my class, and my legs still tell me a short, yet assertive, "please, no" each time I climb a flight of stairs. The muscles in my core (Who knew I had those?) give a small ache when I sit down.

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My fun dance class actually broke me.

How could this be? I have played "Just Dance" numerous times! Sure, I occasionally played from the couch, just shaking the Wii remote enough to earn four stars, but the thought was still there. My fifth-grade ballet class never made me feel this way. Who knew dance could be this hard?

Oh, that's right. Every. Dancer. Ever.

As the majority of America views dancing as an art, anyone could do if they put in enough time, I know differently. My thirteen-year-old sister is in competitive dance, and she is stronger than most athletes I have come across. If I had to pick a fight with either her or Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, I would choose The Rock. At least he might take pity on me.

Dancing is no joke. So much strength is required for the simplest of moves. It requires balance and grace as well. Ballerinas may seem to float across the stage, but in reality, their calves of steel are pushing them, step after step.

In other words, I will not be joining the local ballet company anytime soon, but I have a new appreciation for the world of dance I thought I knew. There was more skill and persistence required for one forty-five minute class than I could have imagined. I will likely never be able to reach the un-awkward skill level of dancing, but I can assure you that will not be the last cardio dance class I attend.

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These Are 4 Proven Ways That Vaccines Cause Autism

Stock up on those essential oils.

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Let's just start with the first (and main) point.

1. They don't.

Susan in your anti-vax group is not a scholarly source (despite her hours and hours of Google research).

2. But in case you still believe Susan...

Maybe you'll believe Autism Speaks who says, "Scientists have conducted extensive research over the last two decades to determine whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism. The results of this research is clear: Vaccines do not cause autism."

3. And if Autism Speaks still didn't convince you...

Feel free to take a look at this comprehensive list of studies that all say that there is no relationship between vaccines such as the MMR vaccination and the development of autism.

4. But here's what you should know...

There have been a few studies lately that have shown that autism develops in utero aka before a baby is even born AND before a baby can even receive vaccinations.

Vaccinations have prevented COUNTLESS deaths and illnesses. Vaccination rates are continuing to fall and do you know what that means? Measles will make its way back. Whooping cough will come back. Rubella, mumps, and polio will come back and there will be no way to stop it.

So, now that you know that vaccines do not cause autism, you're welcome to go tell Susan from your anti-vax group that as well as tell her that the Earth isn't flat. But, don't forget to mention it to her that her essential oils and organic foods are not keeping her children safe from the measles or tuberculosis.

Vaccinate your children. And, besides, even IF vaccinations caused autism, wouldn't you rather have a child with a developmental disorder rather than a child who died from the measles?

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Even If You're A Broke College Student, Investing In A Gym Membership Is Worth The Money

It's an investment for your health.

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When most people think about going to the gym, most would think that the gym is full of athletic pros. But the truth is that all gym goers all have different levels and skills when it comes to fitness. What I'm saying is its no issue as to who goes to the gym, and the athletic ability of the person should not make or break whether someone should workout or not. Working out and going to the gym is a wise investment, and will bring many more perks than you would actually think.

Going to the gym can be a form of self-care. College life is the perfect time to practice self-care. With exams, papers, jobs/internships, and trying to maintain a social life, we all have a ton of stress. With this stress, why not go to the gym to help relieve that stress? Whenever I go to the gym, I am stress-free, and it makes me think more clearly before I started working out. Even if you do not like working out, try yoga or light weights. Try to start off by doing small easier workouts so you can enjoy yourself, and start to develop a baseline for improvement.

Also, another reason why college students should go to the gym is that most of the gym fees are included in college tuition. I am referencing DePaul University students, here, the Ray Meyer Fitness Center is already part of the tuition fees, so why not get some of that money back? Go to the gym, and enjoy yourself! Let me tell you that graduate students do not have the same perks as undergraduate students, they have to pay for a membership. I mean, graduate students do get a discount, but they still have to pay. So what I am saying is enjoy those years as an undergraduate, because you would never realize what you have until it's gone.

In addition, one should go to the gym because it helps people save money. I know a gym membership costs money, but while you are on that membership, you can go to that gym as many times as you like and not get charged extra money. On the other hand, other activities such as museums, shopping, and going out to eat are other activities that increase more spending. Through obtaining a membership, you are able to cut down the costs of spending money through only paying a one-time or annual fee. So save up some money for that gym membership, get fit, and start to see some of your profits get back into your pocket.

All in all, the gym is a place where we can distress, and form new hobbies. It is a place to grow, and going to the gym makes us feel good. Again, nobody has to be an athletic machine to attend, and all levels of fitness are welcome. So grab a gym buddy, or spend some time with yourself, and workout.

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