Wellness Blog: Zumba

By Nikki Headley

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Imagine being in a world filled with humdrum exercises, doing the same things every week. There would be no spice or fun. Who says exercise has to be boring? This is why you should do Zumba.

1. The time goes by quickly.

Zumba is a series of very fast-paced dance exercises. The class I attend twice a week at the Wellness Center is an hour long. This may seem like a long time to be dancing, but it always flies by. You will look at the clock once you begin dancing. You will look back at the clock what feels like five minutes later and it will be time to go. This class is all about having fun, and you don’t tend to worry about the time when you’re having a blast.

2. You don’t have to be a good dancer.

Don’t be concerned if you don’t have the best dance moves. That is the last thing you need to think about. I have never been able to dance well in general, but when I tried Zumba for the first time I loved it. It’s such a great workout because it strengthens all of the muscles in your body. I don’t care about what other people think of my dancing abilities. You won’t care either because Zumba is judgment-free.

3. It’s fun for all ages.

Zumba is open to anyone, regardless of age or physical condition. I have seen teens, middle-aged adults and people who are my grandmother’s age in this class. Zumba is as easy or as grueling as you make it, depending on the type of workout you want. Age is unimportant when it comes to Zumba. Just know your limitations and forget your age.

So have I convinced you yet? Zumba is fast paced, judgment-free, and open to all ages. Get out there and shake your booty. If you feel like you look stupid just laugh and remember that everyone else probably feels the same way.

[Edited by Jade Curtis - 10/28/13]

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