In the quest for health or physical semi-perfection, it is a natural inclination to be attracted to the next best thing. Whether that is keto, high-intensity workouts or just some sort of rigorous training regime, it is easy to forget slow and steady wins most races. It is nice to think about the small practices of our childhood we never really had the discipline or understanding to explore thoroughly. For many women, ballet was one of these practices.
It is never too late to try again. Basic ballet is a wonderful way to improve balance, strength and posture without undue wear and tear on your joints. And you don’t even have to buy a pair of shoes and a leotard. Let’s be honest, this is not going to be a career move, but a great twist on your usual yoga session. The simple practice of the five positions and learning a little French vocabulary can be soothing.
If this idea is at all appealing, there are many ways to start. First, find a list of the ballet positions and just learn those. It takes three minutes and you will already be standing up straighter. Second, find a short and basic tutorial online. There are many routines available and they last 15 to 20 minutes. Once you learn the moves, you have some choreography memorized that will be able to be repeated in 5 to 10 minutes anywhere you want.
If these practices have given you a real interest, you might be ready to leave the house. Many local dance studios offer Adult Ballet for Beginners. And, if you live in a major city, dance companies even make these courses drop-in friendly. For instance, the Joffrey in Chicago has an adult division that offers a drop-in class for only $15 for 1.5 hours of instruction. Ballet is a surprisingly accessible and affordable way to keep movement in your life. It also travels well!
There are few things as adult-ish as a well-designed living space. When you stop strewing your Ikea coffee table with old magazines and straw wrappers, and start creating a “lewk” that’s more your style, it’s time to invest in a coffee table book. Sometimes pricey, these are not the tomes you curl up with in your cozy chair. They’re often hefty, artistic and fun and, if chosen correctly, a true representation of your own sense of style and interests.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
ONCE THE FINAL MEETING WRAPS and the last contract is signed and sealed with a handshake, what’s next? Do you catch a flight back home or do you take advantage of the destination? If your next business trip is to Italy, we suggest adding a few more days to explore the country’s most amazing hot spots. Make time for more than a mouthwater- ing Italian meal in these three cities.