"Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place."
-- Unknown

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

These hips don't lie

An hour of pouring sweat. Completely breathless. Body shaking from sheer exhaustion. Yet somehow wishing it wasn’t over…

I’ve become hopelessly addicted to the latest exercise craze.

When my friend Cat tried to talk me into Zumba classes, I told her the painful truth: I have zero rhythm. No coordination. I didn’t want to make an idiot of myself in a class full of people who knew what they were doing.

But then I gave in and tried it. And despite flouncing around like a total goober, I can’t get enough.

The lights are low and the music is loud. And no one is watching you – they’re too busy trying to keep up with the instructor. With hops and shimmies and hip rolls, who has time to make fun of the rhythm-lacking fool in the back of the room?

Before you know it, you’re drenched in sweat and the hour is over. I leave class in a great mood, pumped from the energy of the music, with an endorphin high like I’ve never experienced with any other form of exercise.

It’s fantastic. I can’t wait until tomorrow night, when I’ll be back in that room full of mirrors, shaking it to Shakira.


scarlethue said...

That sounds like fun! Probably better if you have a friend to do it with you. I wish I had the time for that too, I'm going to get a middle-age spread quick, before I'm anywhere near middle age.

Trudy said...

Good for you Heather! Keep up the great work...it sounds like quite the workout!

Anonymous said...

I think I'll give it a try soon!

Christopher said...

I think I'll stick to running.

Diane said...

OK, I'm going to TRY to regain a little of the (guarded) enthusiasm I felt last night and give it another go next week. But I'll let you know how kickboxing goes on Saturday!

Jenners said...

I've heard about this. It does sound fun ... but I need to make sure the lights are really really low if I was to try this.

Greener Bangalore said...

Ooop! i mistook while reading the first sentence!! lol....very creative and poetic start Heather;)....and yes you will find rhythm sooner...

Constantin said...

My girlfriend is just discovering the benefits of sport and she's as excited as you.
Keep it up!

Dan Felstead said...

Heather! i learned something new today. I had never heard of that trend. Good luck with it. It sounds like something that is much better than the typical aerobics class.


Andy said...

Not as effective: Roomba, where you watch a robot vacuum your carpet.

I think you had the right idea trying out a class where there is so much going on, no one could possibly look at what you're doing. Lessens the embarrassment, and you feel like you got a great workout.

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