Out of My Comfort Zone

Everything You Ever WantedI know I have been talking about needing to change-up my workout routine, and I have been making small strides in that direction.  Last night, I stepped a little further out of my comfort zone and attended a Zumba class.  I have done Zumba before but it has been about two years so I am still a rookie, to say the very least.

For those of you who may not be familiar with Zumba, it is an aerobic fitness program that features movements inspired by various Latin American dances and is primarily performed to Latin American dance music.

If you have images in your mind of me being some super coordinated person who glides through these dance moves as smoothly as the pros on Dancing with the Stars, get that image out of your head.  A more accurate image would be two uncoordinated, left feet struggling to follow the instructor.  If this is the case, you may be wondering why in the world I would want to participate in the class.

The first thing that sparked my interest in this particular class was that it is a GREAT deal.  It is being offered through my church and by donating diapers for a local women’s center, you are able to participate in 5 Zumba classes.  I felt like this was too good to pass up.  Not only do you get to help out with a good local cause, you get the chance to try out a few classes and benefit your own health.  Secondly, I know I am in need of a change in my exercise routine and I really liked Zumba when I took it before, and I am about 90 lbs lighter than when I took it before, so I thought it might actually be a little easier this time.  I would also like to think that with practice, my “two left feet” might become a bit more coordinated.

The nice thing was that there were a lot of beginners in the class, so I was certainly not the only one stumbling and turning in the wrong direction.  However, the instructor was great and she did a great job of encouraging everyone and reminding you to not be embarrassed.  She said to just keep moving, even if you couldn’t keep up with the exact moves and reminded us that it’s like anything else, it takes time to learn.  So even though there was lots of stumbling, there was also a lot of laughter and at the end of the hour, I felt like I had gotten in a good workout.  The activity monitor I wear to each day to monitor how active I am confirmed that it was a good workout.  The most inspirational thing about the class was to see the wheelchair bound lady in the front row giving it her all and having a great time.  I thought to myself, “Kassie, you have absolutely no excuse!!!”

I am excited that this opportunity came along and that for the next four Wednesdays, I will have this new activity in my routine.  Who knows, if I really enjoy it, maybe I will continue after the next four weeks are over.  It felt good to do something different and to see, through my activity monitor, that it was just as beneficial as my “regular” workout.  Since Zumba can be tailored to any fitness level, I think I will try over the next four weeks to follow the more advanced people in the class to really try to maximize the benefits of the workout.

Have any of you ever tried Zumba?  Do you have any words of advice for me?  Do you have another activity that you like to break-up your “regular” routine with?  If so, I would love to hear about it.  As always, I think the most important thing is to keep moving, regardless of what the activity is.  Any movement is beneficial.

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Comments

  1. I’ve only ever done Zumba via my Xbox Kinect or the videos. That way, I can look silly in the comfort of my own home. 🙂 I do have to say that if you like it, the original Zumba “game” for the Kinect is excellent. It’s much better than the Kinect Rush and the big Zumba box set of dvds that they came out with just a while ago.

  2. Johanna B says:

    There’s a Zumba class held at the red department about 5 blocks from my house. I could walk there on Saturday mornings but it’s the same time as my extra WW meeting. Hmmm…which to choose. Right now I need the exercise more than an extra WW meeting. Maybe when the next session starts I’ll check it out.

  3. Johanna B says:

    That’s supposed to be Rec department not red department. Fumble fingers.

  4. Zumba looks like fun! It’s on my list of activities to try one day. One exercise I tried for a second time (with years in-between) is biking. It was more fun the second time in part because the clothing had improved, I learned how to change gears with info I found online, and there were nifty trails and paths. I still don’t bike often, but it is fun to break out every now and then.

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