Exercise is not something that excites the imagination, unless you’re a Greek athelete. If you’re like me, you have very little time for exercise and very little will when time allows. But we all know we should be doing it, if for no other reason than to retain the ability to stand as we wobble into our dotage. But some days, it’s just too hot or too cold or too wet or too dry. Or maybe there are too many people out or maybe not enough people. There are so many reasons that exercising at home would be a good idea. But it’s hard to find the motivation, isn’t it? And besides, you need equipment and special clothing, etc., ad infinitum.
Just this morning, a co-worker introduced me to an exercise craze that is apparently catching on everywhere. (Thanks, Sandy!) And I know why. It has the potential to be fun. It could mean replacing the drudgery of slouching through the hot, wet southern “air you can wear” with dancing! You won’t need special gadgetry, special clothing, and there are no fees involved. Richard Simmons called it “Sweatin’ to the Oldies,” but now they’ve added wonderful new African rhythms and they’re calling it Zumba.
The dancers on this video are young and in great shape. I could dance nonstop for a year and not reach that level of fitness, but even the attempt has to be a good thing. Is it just me or does that look like fun?
I still think getting outside and moving through the air is important, so I’m not suggesting anyone give up their walking entirely. But if bad weather keeps you in or you just don’t have the time to get to the Greenway, you can still enjoy the benefits of movement – and it’s all set to music! What could be better than that? So, as some pilots are known to utter preflight, kick the tires and light the fires and let’s zumba!