Friday, August 20, 2010

Mixing it up...

I don't know about you, but I get bored easily. I am one of those people who likes to flip between two shows when watching TV to avoid the commercials. And when on a road trip I need to be listening to my iPod and reading a book in order not go crazy. And when I have a piece of paper in my hand, I can guarantee it will be destroyed in 15 minutes (but that might be another issue).

The same can be said when I work out. I don't like to use the treadmill because I start looking for ways to entertain myself (as if. Although, I have discovered watching movies on my iPod helps, but just a little). Its the same thing for the bike, or the stairmaster, or weightlifting...

Get the picture?

I am always trying to find new ways to stay entertained while working out (for you hardcore workout-ers:I know I am not there to be entertained, I am there to get healthy. I'm sorry, its my ADD).

BUT- in good news, I do have one solution. Have you heard of Zumba? Well, allow me to introduce you (if you have heard of Zumba, show your support by commenting on this post)!

According to zumba.com, "The Zumba® program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away...The routines feature interval training sessions where fast and slow rhythms and resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat'".

And the best part, I don't get bored!!

An example of a class (this is the Zumba place that I go to in DC)



Do you see yourself getting bored? Me either! Tired, yes. Great workout, yes. Bored, NEVER!

Some benefits of Zumba:

-It’s a great stress reliever
-It’s a form of interval training
-It tones the abdominals

(for more info on each of the benefits, click HERE)

Although you might think Zumba is not for you, give it a try (you don't have to be Latin, I promise!). I have seen people from all ages in my classes, from children to the elderly, both male and female. Everyone is very welcoming because we are all there for the same reason, to work out and have fun!

If you need help finding a class, click here and it will help you find something in your neighborhood...

3 comments:

  1. the funny thing is...i've tried 80% of the classes at my gym...and i've never tried zumba. i really have no rhythm. dance classes (even aerobics classes) totally intimidate me!

    maybe i'll finally try one next week and report back for you!

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  2. I LOVE Zumba too!! I used to go all the time, but then summer hit and I got lazy. I totally agree and I take the classes after a boring workout on the treadmill just to keep myself going. Otherwise, I'd just leave or get bored and stop working out. But Zumba keeps me going!! It fulfills my need to dance(ever since I got married I've missed regular dancing) and keeps me entertained, all while kicking my butt every week. I Heart Zumba!! Or at least I used to, maybe I'll kick my butt in gear again this week and get there for a class. Thanks for the inspiration Adriana & Meg!
    Ps-your Zumba class looks like so much fun, but man, that's intense!! I don't think all the old folks in my neck of the woods could handle it. But I do get a kick out of them trying out the "sexy" moves my instructors put in! Talk about entertaining and fun!

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  3. Wow. Never tried it, but I really want to now!!

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