If you haven’t tried it—you need to! As I pointed out with my walking playlist, exercise has got to be part of your routine. If walking is your thing, that is great. It will burn a few hundred calories. But if you are at a weight loss plateau, there are times you may need to work a little harder and change it up.
I have wanted to try Zumba for a year and somehow never made it to a class until last November when my friend Tonni started teaching. She needed people to fill her class. I decided to try. I’ve been a fan of aerobics for years and did my share of step aerobics which I enjoyed for a long time. Despite my love for dancing, I knew that Zumba would be new. I was good at dancing to ‘80s music; I have not kept current with the latest dance moves!
I stood in the back. I didn’t care that I couldn’t get every routine right away. I didn’t care that my hips were better moving in a circular motion or side to side rather than front to back. The point is that I was moving and having fun. The time flew by and it sure didn’t feel like exercise. Yet, I was working up a sweat and for the first time in a long time, I felt I got the true aerobic workout to raise my heart rate. I knew this is what I was missing. Rumor has it you can burn 700-800 calories in one session. Wow!
If you have participated in any type of aerobic dance over the years, you will be fine. The routines are very similar, the music is different and the movements will be a little different than you are used to. Your hips may not want to move the right way. It doesn’t matter. Your shoulders may not shimmy like the instructor’s. It doesn’t matter. If you have felt uncoordinated in previous classes, I encourage you to stand in the back and do some of the moves. You will move your body in a different way. All of that is a good thing!
This Giveaway is for my local readers. You can find out more at www.zumba.com and get classes for classes in your area.
Zumba for the Joy of It is led by instructors Danielle and Tonni. The classes are held Tuesday and Thursdays at 6 pm and Saturday at 10 AM and are located at 107 E 7th St in Downtown Vancouver. Classes are only $5! Danielle and Tonni are giving away a pass for TWELVE classes which is a $60 value!! You all better jump on this one or it’s mine!
Thank you ladies for this fabulous giveaway! You are awesome!
Are you willing to give Zumba a try? If you already have, let me know what you think. Your comment automatically enters you in the Giveaway. The winner will be chosen Tuesday, June 14th at 9 pm.