I’m on a zumba high! I’ve just been to my second class and it was even more fantastic than the first. I am definitely a convert, and may soon become addicted. Zumba is the latest exercise craze that is sweeping the nation, and if you haven’t experienced it, it’s basically a bunch of enthusiastic women (in my class) dancing to Brazilian, hip hop, and dance music in varying degrees of rythem and competence. It’s high energy, sensual and challenging enough to keep you concentrating and in the flow.
I’ll admit now that I’m not a dancer. I’m too self-conscious to completely let go and really feel the music. But since watching Strictly Come Dancing for the first time last year, I’m itching to give dancing a proper try. OK, Zumba isn’t ‘proper’ dancing but it is definitely closer to it than a step aerobics class. Maybe if I go to enough classes I might learn to let my body go a bit more, and for it to feel more natural to me. I wasn’t really aware of the standard of the rest of the women (I was concentrating too hard on the instructor’s feet) but I was welcomed and didn’t feel out of place so I assume it’s a mix of abilities. The women next to me definitely had the latin groove going on, and I know I will never be as good as her, but it was so much fun I don’t care!
And the added bonus is that it has killed many happiness birds with one stone. Not only have I exercised, got really in the flow, been social, and tried a new experience, but I have enjoyed very positive emotions while doing it. Five scientifically proven ways to improve your happiness in one 45 minute session. What’s not to like?