Remember I told you about the Zumba Fitness Craze a few months back? Well, I thought I’d write a little update to let you know how I’m getting on with it.
I’ve continued to attend my weekly Zumba classes and, low and behold, I’ve learnt to really love it. Actually, even though I’m really not one to get caught up in crazes, I could even go so far as to admit that I’ve become a bit addicted to it!
That’s not something I ever thought I’d be saying! Although I know fitness and exercise need to be part of a healthy diet in order to help weight stay off – and it seriously boosts the effect of dieting – I’ll admit to not being the greatest fan of exercise. But Zumba doesn’t feel like hard work or traditional exercise classes.
They call it a ‘global fitness party’ and, despite the sweating and the hard work involved, with all the different dance moves you learn, and the light hearted, encouraging approach that the leaders provide, it really does become a great night out.
In addition to attending my weekly classes (if I had more free time, I’d go to another!) I’ve invested in the DVDs, so that I can continue exercising at home. I’m still a bit self-conscious and aware that my version of the dance moves may not resemble the real thing too well, so I have to ensure I have the house to myself before I get started!
The DVDs are great to use alongside a class, as they provide more guidance about how the steps are performed and offer a short, 20 minute quick workout or a longer 45-55 minute session.
Many of the Zumba moves focus on trimming the tum and the bum – shaking your booty is an essential part! – and I’ve begun to notice a definite improvement in the size of both of mine!
So, if you’re still debating whether to give Zumba a try, I heartily recommend it. Find a friend to go with you to a class if you’re shy, or brave it and go on your own. If you’re not sure it’s for you, invest in a set of DVDs and give it a try at home. If even I can grow to love this exercise, I’m sure you can too!