Now that the new year is in full swing, many of us think of what we can do to improve our fitness. You may have seen informational commercials for Zumba fitness workouts. What is Zumba, you ask? It is the dance workout that has been sweeping the nation. It features an intense dance aerobics with Latin music such as salsa, merengue, reggaeton and hip-hop.
I decided to check out one of the Zumba classes held right here in Snellville. I was hesitant at first because I was going alone. One of my resolutions this year is to start doing things for myself, and I figured this was a start. I would be tackling two goals in one shot.
There must have been about 30 ladies and all a variety of age ranges. Everyone seemed friendly and eager to get the dancing started. I was worried I was not going to be able to keep up with the steps as it was my first time attempting this. Luckily, no one is watching to see what you are doing or not doing right, for that matter. Everyone is wrapped up with the music and having fun. After a while I forgot I was in a room full of strangers because I was too focused on the beat of the music.
The workout consists of a variety of Latin and African beats. One minute I was dancing rapidly to reggaeton, and the next round I found myself slowly dancing to an Argentinean beat. The instructor encouraged us to feel the music, and I was able to catch on to the repetitive steps, as well. Having two left feet does not hinder your ability to be able to participate. The beats are very catchy and made me feel alive. It was a perfect way to get my day started.
This workout is fun because you feel like you are at a dance party instead of working out. The benefits of Zumba are that it promotes cardiovascular health and the movements help tone muscles. You can also burn calories, improve your balance and lower blood pressure. Not to mention what it does to your mind and spirit!
You don’t have to look any further than right here in Snellville for Zumba classes. I encourage all the ladies out there to give it a try. I know with our busy schedules it can be hard to carve out an hour for ourselves, but it is definitely an hour well spent. It is a perfect way to spend some time with girlfriends or even make new friends at one of the classes! Now go out there, and get your dance on!
Classes are conveniently held mornings and evenings in Snellville. Below are some of the class times and locations.
2428 Main Street East
Mondays-10:30 am-11:30 am
Thursdays-6:30 pm- 7:30 pm
1800 Medical Way
Thursdays-5:30 pm-6:30 pm
2424 Webb Gin House Road
Tuesdays- 6:00pm- 7:00 pm
You can also go to www.zumba.com and enter your zip code for other locations in the area.