Always pretend you’re in the back and shake what your momma gave you!
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It’s about that time of year when the euphoria of the phrase “new year, new you” starts to wear down and working out just seems a little bit harder to do for me. As I sat at my desk earlier today, somewhat dreading the evening’s Cardio Pump (or as I call it it “Cardio that almost killed my husband [blog post to come]) class at the YMCA, I remember a Zumba class I took last fall.
As discussed in a previous post, I’m not so coordinated. Okay, I’m NOT coordinated at all, it’s sometimes a miracle if I can walk and talk at the same time. Doing Zumba outside of the comfort of my own home had never crossed my mind. Sure, I had seen the infomercials for the DVDs of people of all ages and sizes dancing away having so much fun, but I just knew if I had tried out for that infomercial no way would I get the part of sweaty Zumba participant. However, I found myself at a crossroads.
Immediately following the Kettlebell Amp’d class I took at the local church was a Zumba class taught by the same instructor. She tried a couple times to get me to stay and I politely declined, then one day I didn’t decline. I’ve realized the closer I get to 30 the less I really care about how I look in a Zumba class, or any class really, and besides it was in the church so I was practically doing the Salsa for Jesus.
I ended up staying for Zumba once a week and really liked it, never mind I always seemed to be going left when they went right, and despite extra practice at home, I had to realize the “booty pop” move was never going to happen. Usually I could muster the energy to get through the hour and half workout that consisted of both classes, but there was one day I just was not sure I was going to make it through Zumba and debated on just going home and sprawling out on my couch. I am so glad that I didn’t go home.
You see, this particular Zumba class we had two new participants: two older ladies, both with white hair securely fastened out of their face with bobby pins, capri pants, and the standard white tennis shoes. They walked into class so excited to try Zumba. They reminded me of my grandma and aunt, the unstoppable duo. They had the happiest smiles on their faces just ready to move. The instructor greeted them, made them feel welcome, and cranked the music.
We danced it out to a couple songs and then there was our first water break. Another older lady walked over to check on the duo and see how they were doing. Oh man did they love it! Then the next round of songs started. Keep in mind, the Zumba songs we danced to were mostly Top 40 music, and there were a couple songs with some hip shaking, booty popping moves. At the end of the next round there was another water break. I walked back to get my water bottle, thinking how tired I was and how I should have just gone home, when I overheard the conversation between the two ladies and the regular Zumba lady.
“Are you all still doing alright?” she asked them.
“Oh yes! We are having so much fun. I’m just so glad I already had my hip replacement so I can move like this!” said one of the ladies as she swung her hips in a circle like she had a hula-hoop. Apparently the other lady had not had a her hip replacement yet so she couldn’t do all the moves.
It was right then and there I thought, “how stupid of me to cry that I’m tired when these ladies are twice my age with a hip replacement moving and groovin.” I finished out the class and just thought, as long as I have working body parts and I make it to the class I won’t allow myself the negative attitude. It’s funny how people can put things in perspective for you when you least expect it.
You never know where you might get inspiration for your next workout, that day my inspiration came from the lady with the hip replacement that was just thankful to be able to “move like that.”
Here’s to hoping whatever workout you choose, you move like you got a new hip!
If you live in the Lexington area and are interested in a Zumba or Kettlebell Amp’d class I would definitely suggest starting here.