How I Lost 40 Pounds With Daily Zumba
Why I Got Started With Zumba Fitness
At the beginning of 2011 I weighed 220 pounds. That might not seem like much for a 6-foot-tall person, but it really is. I always thought of myself as a somewhat slender person, until my family started telling me about what they were doing to lose weight and get healthy.
That is about the time I started to realize just how out of shape I was. I first realized it when I decided to take my kids to the park one day. In the whirlwind of getting my kids ready to go, I bent down to tie my shoes. I could not believe that I never really recognized how difficult it really was for me. I actually had to take a deep breath before bending down to tie my shoes! Then later that night, chasing my twins though the park, I realized that I was constantly winded and my kids could just keep going. Now, most people would argue that it is natural for kids to have more energy than their parents, or anybody for that matter (little energizer bunnies), but it didn't feel good to me.
The problem I had was not that I could not keep up with them. It was that I was so busy trying to catch my breath that I was not having any fun. I felt like I ruined our trip to the park. It was because of this single day that I decided to make a change.
It began with my eating habits. Then I set aside time, first thing in the morning, to do 30 minutes of exercise. Since then I have gone from weighing 220 pounds to 180 pounds. I no longer have to hold my breath to tie my shoes! Although I am not yet at the weight I would like to be, I have not given up. I would like to share with you some of the exercises that I used to lose weight.
Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.— Napoleon Hill
What Is Zumba Fitness?
The Zumba fitness program is centered around dance and aerobics. Zumba fitness isn't a typical exercise. The dance routines are heavily inspired by Latin music. The classes are usually accompanied by an exhilarating party-like atmosphere.
The best part about the program is that it is so easy to follow. It's also amazing at delivering results for toning and sculpting the body. Once you get started, you won't even realize that you are exercising because you will be having so much fun!
Zumba workouts are more than just dance classes. They are full-body workouts that tone and sculpt the body in a fun and exciting atmosphere. Heck, it worked for me and I am still doing it. I even get compliments on my dance moves from time to time.
Zumba Battle: What Is Your Preference?
I find that doing Zumba workouts is fun and entertaining. However, my wife has seemed to prefer running on the treadmill. Others still find that working out in a gym provides the most desirable results. So, needless to say Zumba workouts are not necessarily for everyone. Sometimes it is better to simply mix it up!
Readers Weigh In
What Do You Think of Zumba?
I prefer to stick with Zumba.
I like doing another form of exercise.
I love zumba. I'm 58 years and I go to zumba class 3 days a week. I can’t live without zumba. - Aida
I love the dancing aspect and energy when it is done tastefully. Some of the songs, lyrics, and provocative moves take away from the fun. I wish there were a balance of great dancing, appropriate music & choreography. It may just be the class I attend. Great instructor, but she fails to filter out the garbage. - anonymous
I love zumba. - Aida
Zumba is fun when in a group. I also prefer to have solo workout time. - Spirality
My favourite form of fitness. I do it five times a week. - Doodle Bug
When I joined my gym they offered Zumba classes. I went to a couple of them but was discouraged because it was taught by a 20 yr old petite girl who seemed like she had just drunk a dozen of espressos! I am 53 yrs old and a few pounds overweight, but not morbidly obese. I have no health problems, but the music was so fast as were the moves that I was killing myself just trying to keep up! I was embarrassed and felt humiliated. I think Zumba classes should be age and weight appropriate. - anonymous
Zumba is not only good for my body, but is good for my head. The music & movement combined lifts my mood. Some instructors are really super. - anony
I thought it wasn't that great, honestly. I was gasping for air and lost 4 pounds in a month. People who are skinny already shouldn't talk about it. - anonymous
I think Zumba is a great form of exercise! I'm a college student and use it to keep in shape and have fun, but I find I'm usually the only young person in the crowd! I love the energy coming from everyone in the room- regardless of age! It's not about comparing yourself to ANYONE, it's about pushing yourself and getting the workout YOU want! - anonymous
If it works for you then go for it. I personally wouldn't add it to my workouts because I like to jog for my cardio.- ConsumerProductAlly
I have neuropathy. It’s very helpful for my legs & blood flow and helps relieve the pain. - anonymous
I think Zumba is a fun way to lose weight and get fit. In the process you also learn many different styles of dances. - anonymous
I love zumba. I lost 20 pounds in a year doing it every day before and after school!!!! - anonymous
I love dancing but HATE excecise lol. So this is a more fun way to lose weight. - anonymous
Zumba makes me feel so alive ! it makes me feel like I’m actually at a party, unlike the treadmill where I tend to get sick and tired of it. Even if I do get slightly tired in my zumba class, I just keep going because of the music and everyone around me! Zumba is incredible. I love it so much! <3 - anonymous
I have been doing Zumba for 4 years. I am 84 and I still love to go to class 4 days a week - isabell firstname.lastname@example.org
I started zumba at 50 and love it. - nasima
Zumba: A New Years Resolution
Regardless of the time of year, New Year's resolutions seem to always be just around the corner. Although quitting vices (smoking, drinking, etc.) are regular resolutions. The plan to become healthier and lose weight seems to always top the list. What better way to break in that new New Year's resolution than to dance the night away? Now, I'm not saying that you should lock the door of your room, power up your computer, and dance to free Zumba videos all night by yourself. It's a little more fun to bring some of those Zumba dance moves out to the dance floor. You don't have to go to the club to dance. Just move some furniture around in the house and turn on some music during that family get-together. It is Zumba! Have fun with it!
How do you like to Zumba? What did you think?