Saturday, 28 May 2011

It's Saturday - so I'm off to Zumba

Bleurgh....... I am no natural gym bunny and have always believed that a holiday ski-ing is a wasted holiday. My natural stance is a slight lean to the left as I prop up the bar, French Martini in hand. So, Zumba on a Saturday morning when I should be lounging in scented sheets reading the newspaper and sipping a latte is a surprise to those who know me well, and a huge surprise to myself. The fact is over the past few months I've become quite addicted.

Zumba is a mix of Latin salsa dance and high-impact workout but the most important thing is it's fun and you don't feel like you're exercising. Well, that's not strictly true as you do feel like you're exercising as you get all sweaty and you lose calories like gambler loses money at the National, but because you're smiling through most of the class it just doesn't qualify, to my mind, as exercise. Zumba is far more of a cult to be honest, and some of our classes here in North London have become so popular that you have to get there early just to get in.

Here is my Zumba teacher in action...

It came from Columbia and spread like wild-fire through North America and is now sweeping Europe and the UK - Zumba is here to stay!

As you can see from the video it's easy to do and the music is great. All shapes, sizes and ages take part - I've seen teenagers and ladies well into retirement turn up - they are a real inspiration and set the barrier quite high. I've purposefully given you video of a real class because I want to show how un-intimidating it is. If you want a pre-summer holiday work-out it's ideal and in my experience it's very friendly and totally non-competitive (which is why I like it) - I save my competitive streak for more important things in life...

Search the internet for your local classes - they are springing up like mushrooms nationwide. Invest in a good pair of supportive and bouncy trainers and you'll be dancing and slimmer in no time.

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