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  • I am recovering from a knee replacement, have arthritis elsewhere and am 69 y/o. My doctor says I can begin Zumba Gold 4 mo. after surgery. That's Dec 4th!

    There is nothing in your article, Jen, about shoes. I know they are different for carpet and floors. I have see on the web that a split sole athletic shoe will work.

    Problem: I am diabetic and have edema in my ankles and lower legs (if I exercise too much or not enough :-)

    Do you have recommendations for shoes? Can I wear my diabetic stretchy shoes and bring some of those shoe covers I've seen in case I need them?

    I really want to do this!!!!

    Thanks for your inspiring article. - 10/25/2015 12:33:57 PM
  • The Y where i work out at offers both Zumba and Aqua Zumba classes and we have a blast each workout! Our instructor retired from teaching kindergarten and that makes a big difference- she makes the class fun. Once a month we go out for lunch after our class and have a great time! - 8/19/2015 9:27:16 PM
  • STMAND92
    Zumba is also my favorite but I haven't gone to a class in a long time. I joined the YMCA and their instructors can't compare to the one I was going to and I can't pay for both. I have arthritis pretty badly but I do the class and feel pretty good. I am very careful with the high impact parts and try not to do anything that hurts too much or puts me in pain. They do have other types that are low impact and slower and some that build muscle. I have the cds at home and still do them on occasion. You really do feel like you have only worked out for a short period of time when the workout is fun. - 8/17/2015 11:37:25 AM
  • The article is great, except it doe not say anything about all the kinds of Zumba!!!

    As soon as I get my shoes, I am going for the Golden level. It is for older adults who have issues like arthritis. This level of Zumba is lower impact.

    It may even be to your advantage to start out her and progress to the higher impact version later on. - 6/22/2015 4:01:55 PM
  • Please be cautious with Zumba. It is very much a do as the instructor does exercise, very little is actually taught. As a trained dance professional I would advise real caution. take it very easy and don't do anything that hurts. Tis is a great workout but also a very easy way to do permanent damage. - 5/20/2014 12:39:54 PM
    I love Zumba! Doesn't feel like a workout. Just fun dancing. - 2/10/2014 12:22:45 PM
    I would like to see Zumba added to the Spark Fitness Tracker! - 2/10/2014 11:30:19 AM
  • I have arthritis in my knees too however i love the class. I just do what I can do and have fun - 2/2/2014 6:46:07 PM
  • I belong to a zumba class, and my instructors always say that if you can't do certain moves then just walk in place as long as you move. It is great because it is not only movement but fun hooting and hollering while working out. My instructor also says that we should wear court shoes so we can dance without hurting out feet. I now got the zumba wii game and it is good but not the same as the real thing. - 1/5/2014 10:48:27 PM
  • Had my first Zumba class tonight. Danced everything from Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Hip Hop, to Bollywood-inspired Punjabi dance! I felt silly and had a great time! I will definitely be back next week. - 1/4/2014 2:58:15 AM
  • My arthritis won't allow that! - 12/30/2013 6:06:19 AM
  • Love it!!!!! - 12/29/2013 8:41:12 PM
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    As had a knee replacement. Unfortunately I had a knee replacement and I can't kneel.
    I would appreciate any info since it looks like a great workout

    Can t kneel and i dont knoecoif this acreqired. i live the zunba worksout and i hip i an do. yhanks for any info.Dan,t knees - 12/27/2013 10:25:30 AM
  • Zumba is my all time favorite exercise class! I have been taking it once or twice a week for over three years. I am 52 and a bit overweight, but I don't feel self conscious at all because we have so many different kinds of people in my classes - young, old, men, women, fit, very overweight - you name it! Our classes are very diverse, which is what makes them fun. We all have so much fun together because the instructors are great, they motivate us and tell us "just do what you can do". If anyone feels silly in a Zumba class, it is time to find a new class! With the right classmates and instructors, you can truly have a blast while blasting calories. Please don't give up! - 12/22/2013 2:36:10 PM
  • I can barely walk forget Zumba.Would love to be able to take classes but with severe spinal athritis I am doing good just to be able to walk around my house a little and exercise on my elliptical in the eve.Sure sounds like FUN! - 12/22/2013 10:43:49 AM

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