Last week, I took the plunge and went for a free class of "Zumba". I had heard that it was "all the rage" and was fun- the fun part is what appealed to my curiousity. I have a long history of hating to exercise. I avoid running at all costs. If my house is burning, oh well! It better burn slowly because I'm not runnin'. Although I am a screamer, so expect me to be the gal walking through my house, flames all around... screaming that my house is burning.
Anywho- I recruited a friend to meet me and I ventured to class. Amidst the chaos of trying to move like a Latino Goddess performing all of the dance-inspired moves, and looking more like a chick trying to shake out a wedgie without using hands, I gave it my best shot and stuck it out another class. For those who don't know much about Zumba, it is a mixture of dance moves, hip thrusts, and twisting that actually incorporates all of those exercise moves that your mom did when you were a kid. The only move that is missing is that "picking grass" move that I remember my mom doing as she folded in half bouncing at different intervals (supposedly a stretch?). I'm not saying it is easy, because unless you are severely coordinated, you will make a fool of yourself- if you see it that way. What I mean is, the class is all women, so there is no need to feel self conscious. I have had 3 classes and I already can tell a difference. I actually look forward to exercising, and I have a total blast.
Ladies, I encourage you to join a zumba class in your area. Most classes are 45 minutes in length and fly by so quickly, yet you actually feel accomplished.