ZUMBA! About a year ago I joined a Zumba class offered through my city’s parks and recreation department. I loved it, it was so much fun! I particularly enjoyed the music which is quite different and more upbeat than the traditional aerobic tunes. The choreography and dance moves make it even more fun.
What is it:
Zumba involves dance and aerobic elements. Zumba’s choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo, martial arts, and some Bollywood and belly dance moves. Squats and lunges are also included.
I started off going to Zumba regularly for about 5 months. Then life got busy, I got lazy and stopped attending for about 8 months. Came back one day thinking I would just pick up where I left off. Thought I was a big shot and put myself at the middle to front rows of the class where I used to be. Hello, what was I thinking?! I ended up sore and misaligning my hips and lower back for three weeks!
This week I gave it another try, I came back as a newbie and put myself at the very back of the class – the last row. Where I belonged. I took it slow, modified my steps and form, walked in place when I needed to. I didn’t get embarrassed when the class went left and I went right. Actually, every time that happened it made me laugh!
I know with commitment and perseverance one day I will be back to the front of the class.
I hope if you get the opportunity you will give Zumba a try. It is a fun workout – plenty of sweating and fun shaking those hips. And don’t be afraid to go at your own pace!