I started a new warm up today: If you wanna dance with me from Zin 37. Great energy and I love the lyrics at the begining: "You gotta love yourself, respect yourself, check yourself, don't wreck yourself." To me Zumba is a celebration of life and a celebration of the only thing we truly own in this world, our body. We tend to spend so much time being critical of what we look like, "wrecking" ourselves: my butt is too big, my waist is too fat, oh my goodness, look at the flab on my arms!, instead of celebrating the gift our body is. I think we need to take the words from Dance with me to heart: learn to love yourself, respect yourself, check yourself and don't wreck yourself with the negatives. Need to make a change? Then love yourself and take more Zumba classes, or go for more walks. Respect your body and make food choices that fuel it and don't just fill the empty spot in your stomach. Then check back often to see if you are 'loving' yourself. Our bodies are a gift, no matter your size or shape, it is yours, celebrate it! Peace, Love, ZUMBA!
I love Zumba because anybody and everybody is able to participate in a Zumba class, whether you're 8 or 80. It is amazing what Zumba can do for your body when done with just a little awareness. Try to keep your belly pulled in like you're going to pull up the zipper on a snug pair of pants. Right there you are getting an ab workout. Now add the bumping and circling of the hips we do, and you've just worked your core; front, sides and back. Keep your shoulders pulled back, your head up and your back straight while you dance, and you strengthen the spinal muscles as well as the muscles of your upper back. Pulled in abs, stronger spinal and upper back muscles equal better posture! All while having fun in a calorie-burning dance fitness-party™! Gotta love it.