By Alyssa Stern
If a Mexican getaway vacation is not in your budget or on your calendar this spring, you can still enjoy the flares and spirit with Zumba.
Zumba was first created by a Colombian dancer during the 1990s. Zumba involves dance and aerobic elements. During a Zumba class, you will incorporate hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo and martial arts. Each instructor puts their own spin on each class.
Get ready for lots of lunges and squats to tone up your backside.
This is a type of exercise where you can dance like no one is watching. Instructors offer a variety of “levels” of activity for each maneuver. They will instruct you for your fitness level and offer additional movements to “take it up a notch!”
If you feel like you want to get the hang of things before you step foot into a group exercise class, there are a variety of free Zumba resources online and on YouTube. So crank up the computer speakers and shake your bum to your heart’s desire.
Grab your girlfriends and sign up for a Community Education class to give it a try. Even in Alexandria there are lots of opportunities to find other Zumba enthusiasts like you! Curves offers a circuit with Zumba, Lakes Area Recreation offers classes and classes are offered at the YMCA.
During a 60-minute class, you can burn more than 500 calories. You don’t need to be an expert in dancing to give Zumba a try. You may feel awkward at first, but stick with it. Once you learn the basic moves to the choreography, you will be in the front row leading the class.
We may live in Minnesota and have snow and subzero temperatures, but for 60 minutes you can be dancing on a white sandy beach with some heart-pumping music. You can even enjoy a margarita after class!
Alyssa Stern is a busy mom and certified group exercise instructor teaching spin/cycling and high intensity interval training. Visit her blog at alyssajeanstern.blogspot.com.