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Zonked from Zumba (but happy)

By Sheryl Kraft

Created: 02/25/2009
Last Updated: 11/25/2019

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When was the last time you had fun exercising?

I try to have fun, but sometimes it can get a little... monotonous. Even though I alternate between the various cardio machines and change up my weight routine, it wears thin. At times I find myself leaving the gym and feeling like I didn't really work all that hard.

So, this morning when I woke up feeling a bit anxious after hearing our President talk about the sad state of the economy last night, I decided I needed to head to the gym. But my normal routine just wouldn't do. I needed to mix it up and try something totally new.

I took a Zumba class. For those of you who don't know about Zumba, it's the latest workout craze. It's like dancing in a nightclub filled with fabulous latin music, except it's in a gym. Everybody is smiling and having fun. I was a little intimidated at first, since I hadn't taken an aerobics class since the Jane Fonda-inspired leg warmer/headband days. But after just a few anxious moments of clock-watching, I shed my inhibitions along with lots of sweat and was carried along with the music and the mood, just like everyone else. My legs danced, my arms swayed and I smiled.

My anxiety about the economy is something that is a bit easier to shoulder after Zumba. And my shoulder? It may be a bit sore tomorrow, but who cares?

How do you mix up your exercise routine? Have you ever tried Zumba? Share your thoughts with us!


zumba rocks!!! i go to the gym everyday..i do 45 min on the eliptical plus yoga,zumba & weights on alternate days.all of it make may day plus the ladies i take these with are awsome,they range frm 50 to 80 in age,the line dancing teacher is 82!

Hi Sheryl! I just started taking a Zumba class too...I love it! I take a yoga class on Tuesdays and Zumba on Wednesdays, and it's a great combination. I recommend yoga for forgetting your troubles too.

I love my Zumba class and like you, Sheryl, I find it a great way to really get into music and “shake” off my problems (in more ways than one!). It’s a lot of fun and varies the gym routine which is important, because I find that if my routine gets stale, I am not as motivated to go. I shake up my routine by sometimes going on different machines, or spending more time on the elliptical than the treadmill, and sometimes I will venture over to the bike, which I don’t usually frequent. Another great way to prevent being bored at the gym is listening to podcasts on my iPod. That always makes the time fly.


Thanks for your comment, Jamie. I hope that your two left feet won't stop you from trying something new... I'm hoping you get a chance to experience Zumba and have fun with it, along with your friend!


I have been exercising for years and taking classes ranging from boot camp, cardio kickboxing to spinning. The one class I have never tried was Zumba. Maybe its because I have two left feet when it comes to dance moves. I talked to a good friend of mine about trying a class together, possibly for the same reason that women always go to public restrooms in pairs. If I cannot get her to do it with me, I will dig down deep and find the courage to go at it alone, stick to the back of the room and hopefully just fade into the crowd. I'll let you know how it goes.


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