Fitness & Exercise
5 Reasons Why Moms Should Love Zumba
1. It forces you to focus on your feet. When you're in the throes of sleep training, dealing with the frustrationing terrible twos, or in the midst of any other of the oft-maddening stages of parenting, nothing takes your mind off of those struggles like an hour trying to follow Zumba dance moves. There's simply no room in your mind for anything but left, right, left-right-left!
2. It helps you (re)find a bit of your swagger. You may feel distinctly unsexy—what with the speed showers and spit-up stained T-shirts—but rump shaking, hip twisting and all manner of busting-a-move just may give you a bit of your mojo back. It's sort of a fake-it-until-you-make-it approach—but it really works! The trick is to somehow hold onto that feeling once you've returned home!
3. You can think less, move more. Sometimes I think that other forms of exercise—walking, running, or even just doing any of the cardio machines at the gym—allow for too much quiet time and introspection. And in some cases, you simply need to turn off and hear nothing but a pulsing beat and a fiery instructor exhorting you to move, move, move!
4. You'll gain valuable perspective about age and body types. It's often the least-likely looking women in the class who turn out to be the most awesome dancers. I've found that the gray-haired Grandma or the timid-looking woman in the way back can sometimes bust out the most incredibly fancy footwork or can exude such sensuality it really blows my mind.
5. It's a marvelous melting pot. While this may be unique to my Zumba experience, I've noticed that the class attracts a really diverse group of people. I'm talking every shade of the rainbow, all ages, and every body type too. By contrast, I've noticed that Spin classes and some other group workouts can feel shockingly homogenous; everyone is even wearing the same thing. Not so with my local Zumba class. There are buzz cuts and corn rows; bare feet and those in pricey cross-trainers. Big, soft butts and tiny, hard ones. Nothing gets me out of my negative body talk like seeing the wide range of shapes and sizes next to me—and seeing just how they move their bodies.