Seeking Fun Exercise: Zumba!

I’m one of those people who hate working out. I just can’t do it for the satisfaction of doing it- I have to be entertained while I sweat. Sometimes that takes the simple form of a new playlist, or I bring Netflix to the elliptical, but occasionally an opportunity to try something a little more fun comes up… and this weekend, that was Zumba.

On Saturday night I received a text from my friend J inviting me to a charity Zumbathon put on by one of her sorority sisters. The event benefited Girls on the Run, a nonprofit that matches girls with mentors that teach them life skills through running. I had never heard of it before but I loved the message they sent! The money raised benefited the Rhode Island chapter of Girls on the Run.

I had never done Zumba before, but was eager to try. I was a little nervous about the fact that I haven’t worked out since my accident, and I’m uncoordinated anyway, but it turns out I had nothing to worry about. We broke up into three rows and we danced! It didn’t matter at all that I missed some steps or spun the opposite way- we were all too busy having fun to notice. Seriously, for the first few songs we were laughing the whole time!

At the end of the class, the instructor said we had burned about 600-1000 calories in one session. And I believe it- I’m sure I lost a pound in sweat alone.

I would definitely reccomend this. I’d like to look into Zumba classes in my area and go back- once my muscles stop being so sore!

Have you ever taken a new class and loved it? What did you try? Let me know in the comments!


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