Did I get your attention with that one???? LOL! For those that don’t know, my fitness journey has been full of peaks and valleys! Lately I have been in a VERY DEEP VALLEY! I’m slowly working my way back up the peak but I must say it is not easy….even with all the previous experience I have had in the gym. Once you fall off the wagon it can seem like you have to practically sprint to get back on it.
Here is the thing…don’t sprint…don’t even jog…..just dance. What I mean is try a Zumba, Jazzercise, or Hip-Hop dance class.
Personally I have only done the Zumba dance classes but I will certainly be trying the Hip-Hop dance class so I can have an excuse to twerk LOL! Seriously though, for those of you just starting out, or just picking back up going to a beginners zumba class is a great way to get your heart pumping and the adrenalin flowing. There are a few things about Zumba I think everyone should know!
1.)Find a GREAT Instructor!
Having someone that is passionate and excited about what they are doing is extremely important, especially when doing Zumba! It is really dull when the music and instructor are not on point so shop around! Kass Martin is a world renowned Zumba Instructor….she’s even on the cover of a video game. So look for someone spunky like her.
Play around and get hurt if you want to! Make sure you get in some good stretches before ANY physical activity to avoid straining or tearing muscles. Maybe the next post will be about proper stretching techniques….and yes this will be you if you fail to stretch before exercising.
3.) Stay Hydrated
Play around and PASS OUT if you want to lol! Nah for real though….please drink plenty of water. I’ve done Zumba plenty of times to know that drinking water is a necessity…just like with any other physical activity. Within the first fifteen minutes I was breaking a sweat….and still had 45 minutes to go….let that sink in.
4.) Just keep moving!
So all of us are not blessed to have the best rhythm. Heck some of us don’t have rhythm at all…..LOL! That should not stop us from shaking our tush if that’s what you want to do. The whole idea is that you break a sweat and HAVE FUN while doing it. Even if you do look like this….
When we fall off the wagon and try to hop back in where we left off….you can cause more harm then good. You can end up straining or pulling a muscle, twist an ankle, or just plain ole give up. Even though it may feel like you are back to square one….THAT IS OK! Why? Being healthy and fit is an ongoing lifestyle. You won’t always get it right Sometimes the cravings will become unbearable. Sometimes you will not want to get out of bed at 6am for that run. Sometimes you’ll want to throw in the towel….but think about all of the work you’d be throwing away. If you have weight loss or muscle building goals you can use ViSalus (shameless plug) and be entered for a chance to win $1,000. Just follow this link http://kmlucas2010.myvi.net/ and if you have any questions about it just let me know! 😉