How Zumba Has Changed Me

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I must admit that there were several times in the past that I was told how Zumba was going to change me but I just brushed the thought of it off thinking that there was no way I was going to try to find my rhythm again in my 40’s.

In high school, I was a cheerleader and I was good at learning the routines.  Picked them up rather quickly.  I was also very limber and could do the splits jumping into mid air and landing on a hard surface with ease.  If I tried that now, I am quite certain I would break my hoo-ha pelvic bone.

When I got older I went to the country bars and did the line dancing and kept up pretty well, even being 3 4 ok 5 sheets to the wind.  I also shook my booty in the night clubs and have always considered myself capable of maintaining a beat.

But as we get older, and for me, lazier, our bodies don’t move in our 40’s like they did in our teens and 20’s.  Especially when I had put on 50 pounds after having 3 babies.  I had my last baby almost 4 years ago and I am still carrying around 24 of those 50 pounds.

My friend and workout partner, Heather, kept telling me about these Zumba classes and how we should start going to them.  So finally, after much convincing, I went and wrote about my first experience here.

Now, I am happy to say that it has become somewhat of an addiction for me.  So much so that I am quite certain my husband thinks I have a boyfriend named Zumba.

The energy of the ladies who teach the particular classes I go to, is nothing short of AMAZING.  And by the end you’re sweating, huffing, puffing, cussing and feeling like your entire body has suddenly turned into a substance resembling that of jello.  But it’s well worth it.

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I will admit that the first few weeks were hard for me to keep up.  I was really sore and worked muscles that I didn’t even know existed.  I would watch the clock hoping for the hour to hurry up and be over.  And when the “cool down” song came on, I sighed a breath of relief and passed out on the floor.  And then immediately came home and soaked my aching muscles in a hot epsom salt bath.  Yes it really works.

But now, 26 pounds lighter, I find myself not watching the clock and actually having an element of surprise when the “cool down” song starts playing.  I leave feeling accomplished and full of endorphins.  I have actually now found it to be fun.  I never thought I would refer to exercise as fun.

Here are some little facts about Zumba:

  • One class can burn anywhere between 500-1000 calories.
  • I usually check my FitBit before I go into class and then once I am finished and I usually get anywhere between 5,000-7,000 steps per class.

(The above two facts of course are based on how much effort one and myself puts into the hour of class.)

  • The word Zumba comes from a Colombian word meaning β€œto move fast and have fun”
  • Approximately 10 million people participate in Zumba classes every week.  That’s a lot of people.  Don’t you want to be one of them?  You know you do!
  • Zumba is also highly recommended for the elderly as most moves are done at one’s own pace.  Believe me, you don’t have to be a professional dancer to attend a class.
  • Zumba is considered an interval training type of workout.  It uses music to set paces to fast and slow while also toning certain muscle groups.
  • Most people who attend say that their reason for keeping it up is because it is so FUN!

I can honestly say that Zumba has changed me.  It’s changed my body, my mind, my energy level, my confidence, and the all around balance in my life.  I can’t say enough good things about it.  And let’s face it…it’s so much more fun than walking on a treadmill.

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Workout Wednesdays ~ Jan 27, 2016

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One month in and 18 pounds lighter and I am finally starting to see some real results.  Biggest being my energy level and the fact that I find it hard to sit still much these days.

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I haven’t been able to get to the gym as much as I wanted this past week due to kiddos being sick and a couple other things throwing off my schedule but I just made sure not to consume as many calories as I do when I am working out harder.

And it’s been 27 days and still going strong without any alcohol. **hopes no one drops by and notices the kids duct taped to the wall**   I have found that even passing the wine section in the grocery store isn’t phasing me anymore…haha yeah right!  Did you actually take me seriously there?  Pffft.  You’re silly.wine grocery store

So I have a little idea in mind that I would like to run across anyone who is currently using a fitness tracker.  I am a competitive person and do weekly challenges with a few friends who have FitBits.  But I thought hey, why not do a little competition between some of my readers or fellow bloggers who have fitness trackers, doesn’t have to be a FitBit, can be any kind of fitness tracker.  Here’s my idea….

It will start on Monday, Feb 8. (That will be the day after Super Bowl when I will be in a self induced food and alcohol coma so you will already have a head start on me)  That gives you a week and a half to decide.  Most fitness trackers have an app or they send you updates with your progress.  Below is an example of what my weekly progress report looks like, that the app sends me via my email, but you can also take a daily screenshot of your results.

FitBit tracker app goals fitness health steps milesI would like to challenge anyone who is interested to do an entire week (feb 8-Feb 14) and see who of us has the most steps or miles at the end of the week.  Each day snap your progress and send it to me either via Twitter(@DomesticMomster) or Facebook so I can keep track of who is winning and post everyone’s progress.  On Monday, Feb 15 send me your final results and I will tally up to see who won.  If you are up for the challenge please leave your twitter handle in the comments, message me on Facebook, or even email me at domesticatedmomster@gmail.com.  Because a little healthy competition never hurt anyone.  You would be surprised at how motivating competing can be.  Are you in?

Last week my friend and I went to our normally scheduled Zumba class and at the end they threw us off by adding chairs to the routine.  It’s called Zumba Sentao.  Next I am just waiting for them to incorporate stripper poles into the program.  I can assure you that no one in my class looked like the girl in the following video.

First of all I could not see anyone wearing high heeled boots in my class.  Especially not me.  I have a hard enough time standing up being coordinated with tennis shoes on.

The following is more the style of what went on in our class…only my instructor, Nora, has about 300 times more energy than this guy.  It is my aspiration to be like Nora…someday.

If any of you have ever thought about trying Zumba I encourage you to check it out on YouTube.  There are so many choices of free ones on there and I am telling you that it is a great cardio workout. Zumba calories fat endurance muscles fitness I get close to 6,000 steps on my fitness tracker in a one hour class.  And when I can’t fit the time into going to the class then I just find one on YouTube to follow. I even had my little monsters doing it with me.

Still not convinced?  Well let me assure you that I used to think I had quite the moves back in the day when I would go dancing at the clubs.  I caught myself in the mirror at Zumba the other day and realized it was the booze I was consuming on those nights that made me think I could dance.  But I still love Zumba.  And I am finding that the more I do it, the more I am getting the moves down.

Today I am going to check out a new class called Cardio Camp.  I have no clue as to what it is but it has the word cardio in it…so I am there!

I am still shooting for my 90,000 steps in one week goal!  I don’t care how long it takes me but I will get it one of these weeks!

Hope to see some of you for the challenge!

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