Finding my groove

I want to dedicate this blog post to a fitness craze that is taking the world by storm and has really worked for me in the past…Zumba. I’m sure you’ve seen the infomercials and heard the buzz from your friends who take a class at a local gym. I am here to tell you, Zumba lives up to all the hype!

Zumba is a Latin-inspired fitness program that incorporates dance and aerobics. Routines can include dance styles like hip-hop, salsa, martial arts, and even Bollywood. Instructors are vibrantly dressed like they belong in a music video and are highly-entertaining. A good instructor is like a dancer and a cheerleader all rolled into one.

I was introduced to Zumba three years ago during warm ups at the dance studio I attended. My teacher went to New York City to get certified to teach Zumba and tested it out on our class. From that first taste three years ago, I was hooked!

Maybe it’s because I grew up learning dance routines, but Zumba really worked for me. It’s fun, joyful, and the best part is…no one cares if you mess up or what you look like doing it. To be honest, anyone can do it. You don’t have to be a dancer and you don’t need rhythm. Most instructors are very encouraging and will tell you that as long as you are moving, you’re doing a great job. Even my mom, who has only mastered the “step-clap” to “Build Me Up Buttercup,” tried Zumba and liked it.

My hectic life has caused me to put my fitness and weight-loss goals on the back burner, but taking just ONE class made me realize how important these goals are to me, and, how easy (and fun!) they can be to accomplish, too. I think I’ll attend another Zumba class next week.

Check out your local gym or dance studios for Zumba classes. I encourage you to try it because it’s a great way to have fun and get in shape at the same time!

2 thoughts on “Finding my groove

  1. Ashley – I have a lot of the same weight loss issues – boredom is a big hurdle for me. Since you like Zumba – give hip hop a try if you haven’t yet. Also African dance. Major movement = major calorie burning, and all that time you were “only” dancing! :-)

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