Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Z is for Zumba

I did this topic my first year taking part in the A to Z challenge but I think I'm going to re-talk about it here on this blog because it fits better now that I have added fitness to the topic. It's a fun form of exercise and I recommend most give it a try at least.



I don't do Zumba right now, haven't for a couple of years. I did it when I was living in my parent's house in Wyoming and now I live on my own in Oregon. If I had a little more money I wouldn't mind going to a place that had Zumba as an option. I am all for fun when it comes to exercise and this was a fun class. I didn't even feel that self conscious about how dorky I am with dancing (as I don't dance usually) but I was in a class where the average age was liked 30 years older than me. We all had fun with the different dances.

What is Zumba?
Zumba is a dance fitness program created by Alberto "Beto" Perez in the 1990s. It involves dance and aerobic elements choreographed to a variety of music that includes hip-hop, samba, salsa and bollywood with some athletic moves included. Zumba Fitness sells videos along with some really colorful creative merchandise and many fitness locations now include Zumba classes.

Check these out if you are interested.
Sources:
 http://www.zumba.com/
http://www.zumba.com/en-US/instructors/search/
 http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/05/health/zumba-weight-loss-irpt


Have you ever tried Zumba?
Do you like it?

2 comments:

Liz said...

Oh! I do fancy doing zumba, bu there is one big snag - I have no sense of rhythm at all, which is strange given that I am a professional poet!

it's very popular here in the UK as well.

Well done on getting to the end of the A-Z!

http://www.lizbrownleepoet.com

Dawn Embers said...

Liz - Thanks for the comment. I used to do music, band and choir, so the rhythm wasn't too hard for me. A lot of it is repetitive steps and they make the beat rather pronounced for a good portion of the songs. But from my experience, the age group also affects the result. The thin, hyper active crowd would probably different than say the older women I dance with. We laughed and had a good time, even tried it in a pool.

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