Zumba: A Fun Way to Exercise and an Upcoming EDDF Event

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Healthy eating, exercise and living an overall healthy lifestyle- these are all ways that you can lower your risk of cancer. If you’ve been a supporter of EDDF for long, you may have seen us writing about these topics in our blog, Facebook page and in articles. Reading about it is one thing, actually living it is another.

There are many challenges to exercise. It can be time-consuming, it can be boring, it can be too hard, and it can be something that you dread all day. That’s not fun. If you’re experiencing any of those feelings about working out, then maybe you are doing the wrong exercise for your mind and body. If you have never actually used the words “fun” and “exercise” in the same sentence then we have something new for you. Zumba. (Always consult with your doctor before starting new exercise routines.)

You may have heard of this craze, but really haven’t wrapped your head around Zumba. What exactly is it all about- and how hard it is? According to the official Zumba website: “Zumba Fitness® is the only Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that blends red-hot international music, created by Grammy Award-winning producers, and contagious steps to form a “fitness-party” that is downright addictive.”

In more general terms, Zumba is a blast. It is. if you attend a Zumba class, dress in workout gear, sneakers and bring some water. Your instructor will pump up some upbeat music and lead you through a series of dance moves. Not only will you be dancing away, laughing, inspired, and having fun, but you are also getting a serious workout and, before you know it, your workout is over. Even if you are a horrible dancer you can participate in Zumba. The moves are easy to follow and most likely everyone is learning them at the same time. Hey, it may even give you some rhythm!

Zumba was started by Alberto “Beto” Perez, a fitness instructor in Cali, Colombia. He was teaching aerobics in the mid 1990s and forgot his aerobic music one day. So, he improvised with salsa and merengue music that he had with him. Soon the music was moving the class and the energy was amazing. From there Zumba was born. It’s a happy accident.

EDDF has a Zumba event coming up in February. Click here to learn more or buy a ticket to the “Sweatin’ for Sarcoma” Zumbathon February 16 at Methodist Charlton Medical Center Auditorium.  All are welcome to join the fitness dance party! It will be a healthy fundraiser that is a ton of fun for everyone.

 

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