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3/25/12 9:32 P

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Exercise to be fit, not skinny.Eat to nourish your body.and Always Ignore the doubter, haters, and unhealthy examples that were feeding you. YOu are worth more than you realize." From the Fitness Facebook page..

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3/25/12 3:30 P

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Hi Lana!! First I'll just repeat what you've already been told: NO ONE WILL BE WATCHING YOU!! Everybody is focused on the insructor (or themselves!). I used to be a backrow far cornr girl in my zumba classes for about the first 6 months. NOW, I'm actually often in front, leading the class!! Hahaha! Yes, after 6 or 8 months, my love of zumba surpassed my self-conciousness and a year later, I. Actually took the insructor training class!! Who would have known?
Soooooo....just to make you feel less nervous, I've seen women (and men) in zumba classes eho are: morbidly obese, over 70, with NO sense of rhythm--ALL ages, fitness levels,and skill levels. And they ALL "fit in". I used to think that zumba was only for people under 30 who can dance and who look great in spandex. LOL! Absolutely not true!! Zumba is for anybody who enjoys moving to music and having fun!
You should wear supportive shoes with little or no tread, so that you can move side to side without hurting your knees. Keds or court shoes, regular sneakers whose tread is worn, reebok zigs and many other types or brands are appropriate. I wear zigs, but have also worn the split-sole dance sneakers. Nike musiques are very popular for zumba also. Just avoid shoes with to much traction.
Wear lightweight comfortable workout clothes. You will sweat a lot-so nor heavy sweatpants orlong sleeves. A good sports bra!! WATER!! A small towel or washcloth to wipe the sweat off your face. Makeup is ok-but a lot of it will be lost with sweat! LOL!
Soooo-GO!!! HAVE FUN!!! You will LOVE it!!!

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3/25/12 2:33 P

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Hi, everyone! I'm Lana from WV.

So I've always been one of those people who love to dance behind closed doors with the blinds shut. Actually, I have absolutely no coordination so it's more like flailing myself around, lol. My aunt once said that saying I have two left feet would be a compliment. But I've always loved it, so when I learned about zumba last year I really wanted to try it, but was too afraid of humiliating myself in public.

A few days ago I was chatting with a former coworker on facebook and she invited me to a zumba class she attends. Struck by a moment of insanity, I told her I'd go this coming Thursday. What was I thinking?!?!

But I do have a few questions... What kind of clothes should I wear? Do I need to go buy dancing shoes or will my running shoes work? Since I'll be going directly from work, do I have to bother taking my makeup off? What should I take with me? Should I try to eat something beforehand? Where's the best spot so I can see the instructor but not be seen by the majority of the class?

I know everyone says that no one pays attention to others, but I'm sure they'd notice me tripping or falling into people. Or what if I get so winded that I have to stop, or worse - pass out? I know I'm just psyching myself out, but I can't help it. I just keep trying to remember that everyone probably looked stupid to begin with and maybe they'll sympathize instead of laugh. Plus, if I'm really bad, then I don't have to go back and I'll never see any of those people again, right? emoticon


A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. - Confucius

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Our mind is our most powerful weapon, and too often we use it against ourselves.

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