I never in a million cazillion years thought I’d ever be REALLY in to Zumba.
To all those who’ve been stuck in some kind of Jane Fonda alternate universe, Zumba is high energy dance. It really is the new aerobics of the 21st century and incorporates Latin, Afro Caribbean and other East Indian dance moves to keep your heart rate high and your body in its fat burning zone.
And trust me when I say, a neighbor had to drag me over to a class on Saturday morning. I knew Zumba could burn an insane amount of calories and in some of the youtube videos I’ve seen people look like they were having a he!ll of a lot of fun. But I was already learning that once you’re committed to an exercise routine, you could have fun. But I guess I WAS one of those exercise purists who didn’t think working out should be TOO fun or sexy.
Well not until our instructor started incorporating some Pussy Cat Dolls into our Zumba routines months ago did I start to become a Zumba believer. When Karen, our Zumba instructor turns on “When I grow up” the class goes BANANAS. And at first I was like, what is it about the really sexy parts of Zumba that women really resonate to and why?
And the light bulb started going off.
I think one of the byproducts of my weight gain, and weight gain in general, is being disconnected from the body. I wasn’t shaking much of nothing, not even when I thought I looked cute in a size 18 a few months ago. And I was a fly size 18 by the way. But there was definitely something missing.
Most of the REALLY sexy Zumba routines require a mind body connection to the female sexua!l energy. The stuff that makes us feel beautiful and adored, at least the 12 or so women in our class. The beauty of Zumba is that I think it can transform ANY woman who is out of touch with her hips, thighs and other movement and release that goddess energy that to me is a huge component to releasing weight.
Comeback Girl Rule No 2. No matter where any woman is in her journey to shed pounds, she’s got to feel good about her body. The body is a miraculous wonder. It can be reshaped, it can heal itself, it can shed unneeded baggage, it can morph into the healthy and natural form it should be. But I think it first must be loved and adored by US women. And that’s one of the reasons I think I’ve always loved the Pussy Cat Dolls. To me there really is no greater love than adoring and celebrating your OWN body and Zumba makes that REALLY easy.
And of course from that, men fall in line with how we see our own bodies and sex!ual energy. So when we learn to love and embrace our divine goddess energy and sex!uality, then who we love, or want to love –will to.