Back in April when I began the Blogging from A-Z challenge, there were several letters that I knew would be harder than others. "Z" was definitely one of the few I was apprehensive about. But here I am, finally at the end, and the letter "Z" was EASY! That's because I've recently become a big fan of:
Have you heard of it? Better yet, have you TRIED IT?? It's so much fun. Yep, for once in my life I can say without reservation that this particular exercise is F-U-N. Some friends and I have been going to a local class 1-2 times a week for almost a month now and are pretty much hooked. Here are a few reasons why I see myself sticking with this:
1- The atmosphere of Zumba is upbeat, energetic, and enjoyable, with lots of women (AND a few men) of all ages, sizes, and fitness abilities.
2- The music and routines are widely varied, so there's certainly no boredom at all. Some of the styles of dance used include: Merengue, salsa, mambo, and hip hop, just to name a few...
3- Lots and lots of calories are burned! Of course, each participant individually burns different amounts according to their body type and exertion; but, it has been estimated that a typical one-hour class of Zumba can burn anywhere from 500 to 1000 calories. WOW!
4- "Time flies when you're having fun!" Even though the class is one hour long, not once have I caught myself watching the clock, longing for it to be finished. Quite the opposite. Each time I've been amazed at how fast the hour races by.
The very first week I was a teeny-tiny bit intimidated by a few of the class members who were sporting official Zumba gear. I confess that I mentally accused them of being a little "over-zealous" and "hard core." Now that I've attended the class for a few weeks, I bet you can only guess who has been stalking the Zumba website, tempted to buy a tank or two?!?! : P
If you're looking for a new hobby or a way to spice up your workout routine, Zumba is the class to join. I HIGHLY recommend it!