FROM LOUNGE CHAIR TO ZUMBA CLASS IN THE RIVIERA MAYA
|Lounging by the Pool in Paamul, Quintana Roo, Mexico|
|We Don't Want to Exercise!|
I believe that even if you hate to exercise, you will love Zumba. You may have to start slowly. You may have to attend a Zumba Gold class first to learn the steps. You may feel a little awkward at first. But, if you keep going for at least 3 classes, you will find that soon you are getting the hang of it, and feeling the enjoyment. You may still hate to exercise, but you too may love Zumba!
|Terry Lounging on the Beach|
I found that the longer I lived in the warm climate of Mexico, the lazier I became. After four months of traveling down the coast, living for a week or two in select towns and cities along the way, I was getting lazy about finding Zumba classes to attend. By the time we arrived in the Riviera Maya on the Yucatan peninsula, I could come up with a new excuse every day not to go to Zumba class.
|Jon and Bella in Paamul|
I found that I just needed to add Zumba Class to my list of fun things to do for the day. Once I arrived at the class and the Latin music started, I began to feel happy immediately, glad that I had dragged myself away from my chores, the pool and my book. When the Instructor began the warm-up routine, gently loosening muscles to the beat of the music, I felt my feet respond, beginning to follow along with the leader’s steps. Soon, my arms were imitating the movements of the Instructor’s. Next thing I knew, I noticed when I looked at myself in the mirror at the front of the exercise studio that I had a smile on my face! It was exhilarating! Maybe I hate to exercise, but I love to do Zumba!
When the tempo of the music slowed, the Instructor began taking us into the cool down phase of Zumba, with gentle stretching and graceful movements. I felt myself begin to calm and my heart rate slow. I realized that Zumba was great exercise, but that during the class, I was enjoying it so much that I had forgotten that I was exercising. I checked my “Fitbit” pedometer and realized that I had taken about 7000 steps in a one hour class and burned about 500 calories. Zumba was so much fun, that I had forgotten that I was getting a good workout!
|Zumba with Margarita in Playa del Carmen|
For more information on Zumba classes that you will love near Paamul in the Yucatan Peninsula, see my blog article about "Zumba with Margarita in Playa del Carmen" dated 3/25/14.
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