A First Timer’s Top 5 Things About Zumba

Zumba-dances-in-as-exercise-trend-LIH3PBR-x-largeWhen it comes to exercise, you have to find what best suits you. As most of us know, it takes some experimenting to find your niche. If you’ve ever thought Zumba might be up your alley, give this a read. One of our employees, Sue, gave Zumba a try and documented her “booty shaking” experience. Check it out here:

The first time I saw a Zumba class in action at my gym, I was intrigued. It looked different—everyone looked like they were having a fun time. And I noticed that there were all ages and all body types (and even men) in the class. I decided to give it a try. Woo, boy! Let me tell you, Zumba is not your grandma’s workout—unless she likes to shake her booty to a world vibe and hip hop club music beat. Yeah, that’s me. I’m all over it.

My first Zumba class was a challenge. In other words, it kicked my behind. The hour went fast—it was fun, not exercise drudgery. I was too busy concentrating on the moves, laughing, woohooing, and having a blast to look at the clock.

Zumba is tons of fun, but it’s a fantastic workout, too. Read an article and watch a video about a fitness study done by the American Council on Exercise (ACE): “Zumba Fitness: Sure It’s Fun But Is it Effective?

After my first few classes, here are my top five favorite things about Zumba:

  1. It’s easy to adapt the moves and workout to your needs and level of fitness. Whether you’re a 20-something or a 50-something (or older), in shape or out of shape, Zumba is for you.
  2. It’s relaxing. About five minutes into the class, I stopped thinking about everything else (work, dishes in the sink, everything). It’s like aerobic meditation.
  3. Inhibitions are optional. Where else in public can you dance while you sing “I’m sexy and I know it”?
  4. The attire. I wear one of those jingly coin, belly dance belts to enhance my booty-shaking experience. (I workout harder, because I want to hear the coins jingle.) I recommend wearing the belt.
  5. It stays interesting and challenging. I really push myself, because it’s so fun. The instructors vary the music and moves, so I never have a chance to get bored, and I get a great whole-body workout every time.
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