5 Reasons I Love Zumba

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Did you make some New Year’s Resolutions about being more active?  Have you managed to fit exercise into your routine yet?  I strongly believe that the key to starting exercise and sticking with it is finding something you love doing.  I really love Zumba and I’ve been going to classes for over a year now and I thought that my journey might just inspire you to get moving in 2018.

When I started going to Zumba classes in West Bridgford it really was a game changer for me.  I knew I needed to exercise more, but I hadn’t realised how much getting my fitness levels up was going to help me.  Finding the right exercise class was absolutely crucial.  I already knew I wasn’t a fan of the gym.  I find them completely soul destroying if I’m honest.  I’ve always preferred group exercise as there’s a sense that you are all in it together.  I also think finding the right instructor is a big deal.  A good Zumba instructor is fun and upbeat.  They are the sort of person that knows how to make doing exercise feel like a party, and everyone enjoys a party right?

When I went to my first Zumba class I have to admit I felt really nervous.  I’d finally plucked up the courage to go to my local session and I was worried about all sorts of things.  I hadn’t exercised in 5 years, so was I even going to make it to the end of the class.  Would I feel out of place and make a complete fool of myself.  I needn’t have worried about any of those things as Ali came straight over to me when she realised I was new.  She put me at ease straight away and I thoroughly enjoyed the next 45 minutes and here’s some of the reasons why.

I Love Dancing

There was a time when pretty much every weekend I would be out dancing somewhere in Nottingham until the small hours of the morning.  I used to love it, but these days it doesn’t really fit in with family life.  With Zumba, I can still enjoy dancing without going into town, spending a fortune on getting into a club and I don’t wake up with a hangover.  How many wins are there right there!

Zumba with Ali West Bridgford

The Music Is Awesome

Zumba music is so much fun.  It’s a mix of latin beats, salsa, hip hop and pop music.  It’s up beat and great to dance to.  The music alone makes me smile, which instantly cheers me up if I’ve had a bad day.

Zumba Improved My Mental Health

Before I started Zumba classes I had been suffering with post natal depression.  I had been taking medication for a while and my doctor was encouraging me to come off it, slowly of course.  She talked to me a lot during our appointments about the benefits of exercise for mental health, and I knew she was right.

As I started to reduce my medication I knew I needed something to replace it, and that’s when I started going to Zumba.  Going to Zumba regularly helped me to stop taking the medication and has prevented me having to go back on it.

Zumba Classes Are So Friendly

Ali, the Zumba instructor is so friendly and she smiles the whole way through the class.  Her smile makes everyone else smile and I think that’s part of the reason that her classes in West Bridgford are so friendly.  Everyone who comes to class is so lovely and welcoming and I’ve made some amazing new friends in the area.  It’s a really mixed group, with lots of different ages and abilities.  Some gyms and exercise classes can feel a bit cliquey, but that doesn’t happen at Zumba with Ali.

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Zumba is Flexible

If you don’t want to join a gym or pay a monthly fee, going to Zumba is perfect.  Zumba with Ali is pay as you go so it doesn’t matter if you are away for a week or something crops up and you need to miss a class as you only pay for what you attend.

This works perfectly for me as I have been known to travel every now and then or things crop up with the family from time to time.  I love the daytime Zumba classes as they fit in perfectly with working from home and I feel so much better having started the day with some exercise.

For more information about Zumba classes in West Bridgford like Zumba with Ali’s Facebook Page or visit the Zumba website.

Do you go to Zumba?  What do you enjoy the most about it?

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Zena Goldman

Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life. Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

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12 Discussion to this post

  1. Sandra Bald says:

    I don’t go to Zumba.
    I enjoy walks for my exercise, really enjoy be out & about in our local area or exploring somewhere new.
    I find being out in the fresh air, a real tonic.

  2. Helen says:

    That’s so fantastic that you’ve found a type of exercise that you love! I’ve been to a few classes and it was so much fun 🙂

  3. Talya says:

    I love Zumba and I kid you not I have literally just finished doing a Zumba workout on You Tube I love the way it makes you feel afterward so happy and like you could take on the world!

  4. Pati says:

    Oh i always wanted to try zumba it sounds and looks like a lot of fun – you have convinced me to get active & dust off some moves

  5. Zumba really does sound like so much fun. It is great that it is pay as you go too, so if you can’t make it for any reason you haven’t lost out.

  6. It’s great that you have found something that you really enjoy. I have never tried Zumba! I have a few friends who go, so I may have to tag along 🙂

  7. Zumba sounds like fun. Enjoy dancing so I should try it.

  8. Jenna says:

    I’ve heard Zumba is really fun. It certainly sounds like a great workout.

  9. Margaret Gallagher says:

    Havent fone ZUMBA for years
    Maybe its time to start again

  10. I really need to try Zumba. I am looking for a way to exercise that is fun and I love dancing too. Kaz x

  11. I’ve never attended Zumba but I would love to! It sounds fabulous, a few of my friends go and the do speak highly of it. It does sound extremely fun.

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