Thursday, June 13, 2013
Whenever possible, I try to find a local 24 Hr Fitness when I am on the road. Many times I am in Iowa and the 24 Hr Fitness is the hotel gym. This week I am in Thornton, CO, a suburb north of Denver and I have the pleasure of being within 25 minutes of SEVEN different locations, one of which was just 5 minutes down the road from my hotel. I looked online and thankfully they were having a Zumba class tonight.
The last time I was in the heart of Denver and while the Zumba class I went to was okay, I would not rush back. As I hurried in to class, I immediately noticed how diverse this class was. There were different races and ethnicities, different shapes and sizes, and most notably, different ages. There was a woman next to me who was a fit and attractive 60-something. The girl in front of her was a girl who looked to be 19. On one side of the room near me was a beautiful couple in their mid 70's. On the other end of the room was a gentleman who looked to be in his early 80s. THroughout the room was everything in between. For some, seeing the older classmates would lead them to assume the class was going to be slower, more rudimentary. For me, I looked at how energized and excited they were and immediately assumed they were "the regulars". Seeing them put a smile on my face.
As the music started, I realized our tiny, young instructor was not going to cut anyone any slack. She was bopping around like a jumping bean. My classmates kept up! It was so much fun! I am usually surrounded by 20-somethings who treat Zumba like choreography lessons for their next big gig on Broadway. They are so intense and so serious. Class turns into competitions with girls trying to one up the other with their dance moves. This class was just fun. People were smiling. There wasn't any intense looks on people's faces. Seeing the husband and wife dance together made me look forward to mine and Derrell's golden years together. I am so glad that I went to this Zumba class!
Since I am in Colorado, I must mention the horrific wild fires surrounding Denver. The largest of the fires in Black Hills has burned over 80 homes and acreages. While I am a 40 minute drive from the nearest blaze, the city has smoke in the air. These fires have been burning for 3 days. I noticed today how tight my chest and throat feel. The air smells like ash. You can no longer see the mountains in the horizon due to the haze in the sky. Please pray for Colorado.
Before I go, I am having a bit of a conundrum. As I near my 30th birthday, I notice my skin is changing, mostly on my face. I wash and moisturize my face twice daily but it seems my moisurizer is no longer doing the job. I have dry patches on my face and I am beginning to see the little brown age spots. I am certain that I need to increase my SPF now but what else can i do to revitalize my skin? Do you all have any good moisturizer suggestions that will leave my skin feeling soft and radiant and possibly even tighten it up? Thanks Sparklers!