I have now tried the somewhat new exercise craze, Zumba, twice. Keep in mind that I am not the most coordinated person in the world, but I love to dance. To the beat of my own drummer, of course!
After reading one of my blog posts, a friend, S, suggested I join her for a night of Zumba. Truthfully, I was nervous and unsure because I tend to trip over my own feet just walking down the sidewalk! But after being assured that no one cares, I decided my work out routine gets a little drab, so I'd give it a shot. After all, what did I have to lose?
I loved it!! SO much fun and a killer workout at the same time! Our instructor actually turns the lights off in the gym as well. I'm not sure if that's so it feels more like a dance club, or so that those of us who can't manage many of the steps don't feel so silly, but I love it!! The steps range from very complicated to beginner. Another friend I dragged along just last night, T, said after the first song that it was already a better workout than another Zumba class she tried. :)
We shook our groove things at a very fast pace to keep our heart rates up and laughed at ourselves when we couldn't quite get the hang of a series of moves. It was a great time and a fabulous departure from my normal gym routine. In fact, last Tuesday, after Zumba-ing till I dropped on Monday night, I found my elliptical and weight machine routine to be... well... boring! I still plugged right along, but was secretly wishing that I could Zumba again.
In fact, I think I might make Monday night Zumba a part of my regular routine. It doesn't hurt that our instructor has a terrific figure and manages to make the moves look downright sexy! I find myself wanting to work harder to do the moves just like her.
If you haven't tried Zumba, I highly recommend it! It's a blast! And who thought a mere year ago that my girlfriend 'dates' would involve more exercise than beer and food!? It's just one more happy, groovy, shimmying step towards a healthier lifestyle!