“Dancing shows me what my body can do…. I have found a place in my body where I feel like I’m my authentic self and I’m not embarrassed to let her be seen. “
What a treat I have for you today! The Missfit behind Missfits😉 Becky Scott runs a dance inspired fitness class for those who don’t feel at home in the gym. She agreed to take part in my “Why We Move’ series and I couldn’t be happier. Her energy is infectious and the pure joy Becky finds in moving her body is obvious to anyone who attends one of her classes.
Q.1 What do you define as ‘joyful movement’?
“For me it’s any movement that makes me feel good! It doesn’t have to necessarily be traditional exercise activities but it could be. A walk to the shops could be joyful, or (for me at least) dancing in my kitchen or anywhere really! “
Q.2 What is your earliest memory of moving for fun and pure joy?
“Honestly? I don’t remember moving for joy until about 5 years ago! I’m 38 now. From the age of 8 until my mid thirties I only exercised as a means to change (shrink) my body. There were activities I enjoyed but I was self conscious or felt the weren’t ‘working’. I remember finding a Zumba class in my mid thirties (starting it with the aim to shrink my body, obviously!) but moving my body to the music gave me so much joy that I wanted to do because of how it made me feel – which was a fabulous revelation – even if I waited for a huge chunk of my life to find it!”
Q.3 Do you feel you listen to your body as far as movement is concerned or do you follow a specific programme or schedule?
“I listen to my body to a point – I have a schedule of 1 or 2 classes a week that I teach, so I have to do those whether I’m feeling it or not (but I usually am feeling it!) but I do listen to my body and adapt moves if I’m feeling tired or my knee hurts. I would have just powered through, not that long ago! In terms of exercise for me – I do what I fancy, when I can. I don’t keep a rigid schedule.”
Q.4 If exercise had ZERO impact on how your body looks, would your exercise choices be different?
“For me, exercise has very little impact on how my body looks from the outside, but it feels very different from the inside! My exercise choices have changed now that I’m not trying to change my appearance – it’s primarily dance based, has lots of stretches and an awesome sound track /play list! As a result, it’s become much more sustainable – I have kept up with regular exercise for years now, where as before I’d have given up and tried the next fat burn craze even if I thought it was gruelling or boring!”
Q.5 Why do you move? (What motivates you and how does movement make you feel?)
“I move because it makes me feel good! In my body and my mind. My overall wellbeing is improved through exercise and dancing. I’m stronger, my body is fitter and supports me better (less back ache, knee and ankle pain which started in childhood). Getting a sweat on, smiling with my class, seeing them growing in confidence fills my heart with utter joy! The endorphins also help! Dancing shows me what my body can do, I feel at one with the rhythm. I have found a place in my body where I feel like I’m my authentic self and I’m not embarrassed to let her be seen.”
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