Despite my avoidance of exercise at all costs, I decided to give zumba a try. In case you haven't heard, zumba is a Latin dance-inspired fitness program. Wikipedia can tell you more about it here. It's being offered through my work, and I've been going once a week, for three weeks now. I must admit, I really like it. Primarily because it doesn't look or feel like exercise, it feels like you're at a dance party. I am a closet dancer at heart. Surprised? Not a very good one, but I like to move to music! I used to think I had some sense of rhythm and coordination, but day one of my first class reminded me otherwise. I was having flashbacks of being unable to master the steps of the electric slide at weddings. Ha! But, it does get better. I am catching on to the choreography and the teachers are great. Man, can they move! And fast! Talk about having confidence and mad dance skills. I don't think I'll ever be at that level, but a girl can try!
My friends have encouraged me to try it before but I've always been too shy and embarrassed. I'm actually glad I don't really know anyone in the class. I'm much more uninhibited to try something new when no one I know is there. Is that weird? That way, they can't make fun of me or tease me later about looking like a wanna-be-spice-girl with two left feet.
If you're looking for some fun aerobic exercise, and you like to get your groove on, you might want to try zumba. One hour flies by like nothing and I look forward to going to the class. I will say this, as a bit of a "warning," some of the moves will push you out of your comfort zone and can be a bit ca-razy, if you know what I mean. It does incorporate salsa, mambo and even some belly dance moves. Not for the faint of heart.