Wednesday, August 21, 2013
I've always viewed exercise as a necessity and although I love the way I feel when I'm exercising regularly I still found it to be a chore and could get easily distracted from doing it. I always considered it "a necessary evil". However - I've found something that I absolutely love - ZUMBA!
I know we've all heard that a certain race of people are supposed to have natural rhythm, but that excludes me in a big way. My mother and father were great dancers and I have a son that moves like he is boneless. It skipped over me! I don't have 2 left feet - I have feet with a mind of their own. I don't move separate parts of my body in sync and I sometimes resemble someone having a seizure when I dance (not to offend anyone that suffers with seizures) and if everyone is on a 3,4,5 count - trust and believe I'm on a 4,6,7 count. But with Zumba, it doesn't matter - I move, I shake, I sweat, I laugh at myself and I am having FUN! And on a bonus note- I'm losing inches. The scale is still stuck on stupid - but I am able to get in my "skinny" capris easier and they are comfortable all day long.
I have much more confidence and energy and I find now that I will practice my Zumba moves where ever I am if I hear a beat that reminds me of the music. I have stepped up my moves, making bigger steps, rocks and deeper squats. My instructors are encouraging and supportive and I think that when they smile at me during the routines its because I look comical doing them. I come home and show my grandbabies what I learned and they just laugh and laugh and shake with Granny. Two of my sons go with me regularly and they will help me thru more difficult moves.
We do a routine to "Moves like Jagger" and it is fairly complicated for me and I usually just move to keep from tripping over my feet. Well I have taken the attitude that "I can" instead of "I can't do that" and last night I conquered the kick/step out move that has eluded my feet for months. I may never do it as smooth as the instructor - but I did it. When she saw me doing it she laughed and laughed and congratulated me on conquering it!
I may not be a candidate for "Dancing with the Stars" or "You Think You Can Dance" but I am burning calories, moving my body and having fun doing it. I also find that I am able to do more strength training exercises and I don't have aches and joint pains like I used to. So - find something that gives you joy and is fun and you will see results.
And by the way - Yes - I think I can ZUMBA! Keep SPARKing!