Thursday, February 2, 2012

Got the Workout Blahs?

Todays post is from our fitness contributor, Cheryl.

Got the Workout Blahs?

I did too, several years ago. I just couldn’t get motivated to run or face the weight room. Elliptical machine? Bike? No thanks. However, my mom friends were all going to the gym. Free childcare and a break from my toddler? Sign me up!

Soon after joining, I was introduced to a dance cardio class called Body Jam. That is another story in itself, but it was followed by an introduction to Zumba. And that was all it took. I was hooked. Easy dance moves, intense sweat and burning lots of calories. Women of all sizes and ages having fun and enjoying a workout for a full hour. I couldn’t believe the gym could be so much fun!

Fast forward to now and I am in my 3rd year of teaching Zumba classes. The friendships made, calories burned, and incredibly fun workout are irreplaceable. Zumba has even launched me into enjoying weight training and running. Who knew?!

If exercise has peaked your interest and you don’t know where to start, give Zumba a try. You can go to their website for a class near you!

There are well over 10,000 instructors and each with their own style. If you don’t jive with your first class, give it another chance or find a different instructor. I always tell my newbies, “Your first class is not enough. Anytime you try something new, you have to give it a second chance.” You will enjoy it so much more as you know what to expect.

A few words to leave you with (from my participants who had to describe Zumba in two words):
• Stress Relief
• Building Relationships
• Life Changing
• Booty Busting (she has dropped 10 pounds off that booty!) • Explosive, Fun
• Fabulous, Fun
Muy Caliente (very hot, for those who wonder)
• Dance Party
• Freeing, Fun
• Two is not enough.....

Need help finding a class? Find me on facebook and I will point you in the right direction!

Ditch the workout and Join the party!

(Editors note: This is Michele- I just wanted to let you know Cheryl has convinced me to try Zumba myself. I actually know quite a few moms who have tried it and love it. And it is so convenient. There are literally hundreds of classes offered in NH at all times and days. No excuses, you can find time, get out, and start to get fit. If you feel better (and better about yourself) you WILL be a better Mama.

I will report back next week and tell you what I think about Zumba- wish me luck!)

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