Day 38: Zumba


Today’s first was Zumba! And I have a confession to make. I did not know if I would enjoy this wildly popular form of exercise. I even thought this might be my first “first” in which I’d say, “Nope, not for me”.

Silly me! I should know better than to have any preconceived notions about the opportunities that are appearing on my journey this year.

My mom invited me to her Zumba class, held at the Joplin Family Y. I should be embarrassed to say that I feared I might not be able to keep up with my mom!  The class is especially designed for people 55 and older. It is a gentler Zumba, but there are no rest breaks in this class and the pace is brisk. I have enjoyed and benefitted from slower paced exercises such as yoga and tai chi so I wondered if my body would protest greatly during this activity. I shouldn’t have been concerned.

I loved everything about the Zumba class. The instructor, Dave Miller, pictured above, was amazing. He was easy to follow, entertaining and made the class so fun. The music inspired me and got my body moving. The hips just start to shake with those Latin beats! I did not have any problems keeping up with the class and yet it was a wonderful workout and I was sweaty and exhilarated at the end of the hour. Which are just the results you hope for in Zumba, I think!