Thursday, November 21, 2013

Zumba Cures Fatigue

Have you ever been so tired that it feels like you are stuck in slow motion while everything around you is stuck on fast forward? That's kind of how I felt today.

Last night, I ran and walked according to my exercise plan.

Exercise plan for the week:

S - Rest
M - Run/Walk (1.5 miles done!)
T - Rest
W - Run/Walk (2 miles done!)

Tonight, I didn't feel like running. When I don't feel like running, it makes the run miserable. I decided to try something different tonight.

T - Run/Walk  ZUMBA!
F - Rest
S - Run/Walk

Somehow, on my way home from work, I got the idea of doing Zumba tonight. I had only done Zumba once before, at the Color Run in Buffalo, NY. It was a blast, and it gave me a lot of energy. This is what I needed today; a cure for my fatigue.

I sent a text to my friend to see if she knew of any classes happening tonight. She didn't so, I decided to research. Turns out, there isn't much in the area as far as Zumba goes. So, I decided to turn to Youtube. Gotta love Youtube. It's free, easy and you don't even have to put on a bra/travel anywhere. (Note to self: wear a sports bra next time you Zumba.)

In my search on Youtube, I found an awesome beginners Zumba video that I plan on doing again and again!

Thoughts during first song: Hey, this is fun! I am starting to feel energized. I'm glad these dance moves are easy to follow! Wow, my arms are starting to burn! Okay, enough with the arms, already...

Thoughts during second song: I really should have wore a bra for this. I'm super glad that I'm home alone. My thighs are starting to burn. Hello, calf cramp. Enough with the hopping, my legs are going to give out.

Thoughts during third song: I am completely failing at these dance moves, but at least I'm moving! I've got the arm pump down, and that's about the only thing I'm doing right during this song. Zumba really is fun, and I'm starting to sweat! This is one heck of a workout. (Yes, my inner dialogue includes words such as "heck".)

Thoughts during fourth song: This is a super fun song. Loving the energy! These are moves I can keep up with! I could do without the quick stomping, though. Okay, I'm starting to feel muscles that I didn't know existed. What, we're done already? That was so much fun!

After doing this video, I have learned three things about Zumba.

#1 - It cures fatigue
#2 - It is no joke! One killer workout!
#3 - It's addicting - I can't wait to do it again!

Zumba readers: why have you been holding out on me?
Who else likes to Zumba? How did you get started?


  1. I love Zumba! A friend and I went to classes together for a long time and it is totally a killer workout if you have a good instructor. I've stopped going lately because the instructor changed and I don't like the new one, but I'd love to find another place to go because it's a really fun way to burn a ton of calories!!!