Recently I started taking Zumba classes at my local gym, which I had just joined. The first class I couldn’t keep up at all — neither my aerobic capacity nor my coordination were up to the task. After a few weeks I could do much better, and it has become one of my favorite parts of my week.
Here are 9 reasons why you should take a dance class:
You’ll move your body. That’s always a good thing, no matter your age or size or lifestyle.
You’ll get to listen to fun, upbeat music. One thing that keeps us young is listening to the music that’s popular at any given moment rather than staying stuck on what we listened to in college. Go to a gym dance class and you’ll keep current.
You’ll get to see what your body is capable of. No matter how out of shape you might be, I bet you can do some of the moves. You’ll surprise yourself — and that’s a nice thing!
You’ll be inspired. There is likely to be someone older and less in shape than you are … working harder than you are and having fun while doing it! If she can do it, well, so can you!
You’ll get your sexy back. When you slink from car to kitchen desk to bed and back … or maybe break up your journey with a run on the treadmill … well, none of that is very sexy, is it? Try making moves like you would on a dance floor instead!
You’ll get in shape. This is the obvious point about taking a dance class, and guess what? It works! You forget you’re exercising because you’re having fun, but then after a few weeks, you notice you’re slowly getting in shape.
You’ll improve your mood. Dancing while listening to fun music with a peppy teacher and a bunch of other women … what’s not to love?! You’ll release endorphins, a natural mood-booster.
You’ll get a chance to get a new workout ensemble. It’s fun to see what people are wearing in my Zumba classes. More than one woman in my class has great moves but wears what must be her husband’s sweats and T-shirt. Instead, get a cute dancy-type outfit. I promise you’ll like what you see in the mirror.
You’ll improve your self-confidence. Taking a risk, trying something brand new, and gaining mastery over it … these are great ways to boost our belief in ourselves and start giving ourselves the self-love we so richly deserve.
Ketura Persellin is an image consultant, writer, and public speaker in Washington, DC. Contact her to schedule a complimentary get-acquainted session.