When was the last time you smiled and laughed while you exercised? When have you ever finished a workout and felt exhilarated/elated?
My workout preference is running. I’m one of the lucky ones who runs a couple of miles and my destination is the rocky shore of the New England coast. And then I turn around walk the 2 miles back. Exciting? No. Breathtaking and zen-like trance inducing? Yes.
But bummer when it rains or snows or is icy or below freezing. What to do?
I was faced with just such a dilemma last week. And decided to crash a zumba class down the road. And I mean crash. I haven’t much rhythm nor grace. But I wanted some form of exercise.
Oh my goodness. I loved it. Loved it! It was the most fun I have ever experienced exercising. It was loud and crazy and I didn’t know what I was doing and had a hard time following the steps, at first. And I was nervous and self-conscious and was wearing the wrong outfit, of course. But none of that mattered. The class was primarily ladies in their late 50s, early 60s, except for a few hard bodies in their 20s in the front of the class. But I stayed in the back with Beth and MaryLou, who introduce themselves as the screamers. They “warned” me that they just screamed randomly throughout the workout. Just excited shouts of “Woohoo”. Made me laugh every time. So. much. fun.
If you hate to exercise or have been doing the same workout routine forever and just want to break things up, Zumba baby. I truly believe that it was not only good for my body, but that it was good for my soul.
I know where my rainy, snowy and icy days will be spent!