I used to be a Zumba hater. I didn’t understand why anyone would want to “dance” as exercise. Everyone I saw in the class weren’t dancers. They were normal people trying to learn a hip-hop or latin dance routine…and flubbing their way through it. My bestie and work-out partner of 12 years started to do the class. She talked me into Zumba one day. I stood in back and felt ridiculous. I think most people do. It was so hard and I was running into people and feeling like a 12-year-old on the first day of middle school. I was so worried about how I looked and what other people were thinking of me. I noticed all the women around me smiling and laughing–not a care in the world. That’s when it hit me. Zumba isn’t about how you look or how good of a dancer you are. It’s about how you feel doing it. Once I took a few more classes and learned the routines a bit better, I started to become more comfortable. Feeling more comfortable meant that I could forget about how I looked, or how anyone else looked, because let’s face it, we all look pretty wacky. I began to have fun. Fun + exercise = Zumba. I now love Zumba. I now stand in front of the class. I’m now proud of my nerdy, quirky ability to shake my thang! You should try it. It will only make you happy…eventually.
If you don’t belong to a gym that offers Zumba, you might want to check these out:
Zumba Fitness Exhilarate Body Shaping System DVD (Multi, Small)
Zumba Fitness Gold Live It Up DVD Set for the Baby Boomer Generation