I am new to sparkpeople this week and enjoying this website! I am a professional, 32 year old, mom of 3 kids (ages 3, 7, 15), and began having severe pain issues this year which turned out to be arthritis. After several months of hardly being able to move or enjoy my family, my doctor recommended that I begin regular aerobic activity to improve my condition. I thought this was absurd - how can I workout when my muscles are frozen in agony?? But a girlfriend at work suggested that I begin Zumba with her a few times a week. After 2 weeks of Zumba I am amazed at how wonderful I feel!! I joined this website to help maintain the great start I have made at a new lifestyle and hopefully meet some new friends!!