It’s the new year, are you ready for the new you? We hope so, but if not, that’s alright. New Year’s resolutions aren’t instant. They take hard work and persistence, and sometimes, especially when it comes to health-related goals, you have to find an activity that you like.
Working out is a lot easier when you find a fun activity that you actually like. This way you’ll look forward to it, instead of dreading it and using any excuse to get out of it. Which brings us to a fun workout activity that we’ve been dying to mention, zumba.
Zumba is the dancing sensation that has swept the nation. It started out a few years ago as a mail-order DVD where you could dance at home with a friend or enjoy your privacy to shake it alone. Now it’s exploded all over and even consists of video games and instructors that lead classes at gyms, because people can’t get enough of burning fat while moving too fast paced music that includes latin songs, hip hop, r&b, pop, and more.
Why You Shouldn’t Hesitate To Try Zumba
With every new activity comes hesitations, the unknowns can be intimidating, especially when it comes to zumba. However, we are aware of the top concerns that people have before joining the classes at their local workout centers and we’re going to debunk them.
Sometimes people avoid zumba because they think they can’t dance. However, zumba is really more stepping back and forth and side to side with some hip shaking and cha-chas involved, with a lot or repititions. It’s not like a full on dance routine. All you need is the ability to have fun while shaking it.
Plus, not every routine is the same. Instructors make their own routines with their own moves added. Sometimes the moves are even improved along the way. Therefore, no one in the class is an expert, and everyone will have their eyes on their instructor instead of you, to watch for instructions. So, don’t worry if you miss a step or a beat, chances are a lot of other people in the room will too, and no one will notice.
Oftentimes people can feel too big for zumba, which is ridiculous. We’ve all seen talented people of all shapes and sizes getting it in dance clubs, so what’s wrong with them hitting the gym? So what if you don’t look like the super skinny girl in the front row? You’re there to have fun and move it. People aren’t judging you, they’ll be happy to have a new regular in class.
Now if you think that the workout may be a little intense for you, don’t worry. Beginners roll into class every so often. Most classes generally last about an hour with a warm up, stretching session, and cool down, so you aren’t dancing the entire time. Plus, some classes even take a minute break in between songs.
Just be sure to dress light, because you will get warm while moving and grooving and bring a water bottle to hydrate. Go at your own pace and stop for a water break when you need to. Before you know it you’ll be proud of yourself for dancing the whole time.
You can also show up a few minutes early to explain to the instructor that you’re a beginner and they will provide helpful tips on how to get started and address your concerns. They’re there to teach you and won’t have any problem sharing positive advice.
If you’re afraid you’ll get sore then take some aspirin after class, drink plenty of fluids, and stretch it out. All new exercises come with a little soreness the next day and should be viewed as a sign of success for getting active.
Give Zumba A Try
What are you waiting for? It’s 2017! It’s time to find a workout routine that you enjoy to make it really stick. Maybe instead of weight lifting and using cardio machines you’re the type of person who will really enjoy shaking it in zumba class, so what are you waiting for?
Be sure to check back with HealingRadiusPro for more health tips and share your tips about zumba class in the comment section below.
Allison Barfield is a content writer for Span Enterprises and has been writing since she first learned to hold a pencil, shortly after birth. After graduating from the University of South Carolina in 2013 with a B.A. in media arts she fell in love with marketing. She's been copy writing and managing multiple blogs ever since.