By April Conard
Fitness is a major factor in living a healthy life. People who do not work out may use the excuse that it is “not fun.” Let me ask you, if a workout out was like going to a party, would you do it? Excuses be gone because that is what the Zumba program is all about! It’s an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party that’s moving millions toward joy and health.
I have been teaching Zumba for six years, and it never ceases to amaze me how much fun I am having each and every class. What is even more fun for me is seeing the happiness on the face of others as we shimmy and shake to the beat of the music.
When participants see a Zumba class in action, some can’t wait to give it a try; for many, however, they will automatically decide it is not for them. What, smiling is not for you? Because that is what you are going to do a lot of if you give Zumba a try. Even if you mess up every move in the class, you are still burning calories. And if you can laugh at yourself, even better, now you are tightening your core as well!
As adults we are so afraid of what others might think that we miss out on many chances to have a good time. Zumba will not only mean a good time but a healthy time as well. We should not be afraid of the unknown.
Of course, trying anything new will require time to learn and adjust but again, part of the fun! I am always telling people, leave your fear at the door and just let loose for an hour. I mean what do you have to lose but a few pounds?
Zumba is not about your dance expertise or how much rhythm you have. If you love music and want to get in shape, just hop in and enjoy. Before participants know it, they’re getting fit and their energy levels are soaring! This class often builds a deep-rooted community among returning students, a.k.a. Zumba buddies!
Zumba never gets old, as you become more aquatinted with the routines, you can get an even better burn on. You can step a little wider, jump a little higher and cheer a little louder. (Yes, class participation is a must!)
You have seen the infomercial and you may have played the Wii game, now it is time to give the real thing a try! Zumba – why don’t you join the party?