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8 Reasons every College Students should do Zumba

As the start of the college school year, a new beginning awaits behind the gates. If you’re thinking that college will just be like high school. Then, you’re wrong. Being a freshman certainly has its ups and downs. We get to meet new people, learn a lot, and laugh with friends. In hard times, we do everything just to pass.  
Attending classes, meeting the deadline, group projects, as hectic as it is, we won’t be able to watch our health. Flabs, mood swings, eye bags, what else could there be in store? Don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying to scare you.  
There are also positive sides of the college life. I walk around looking for something to pass the time and release the negative vibes I am feeling. In amidst of my thinking and wandering, I saw Zumba advertisements on a building and decided to try it out.
 
Here are the reasons why you, fellow students, should try Zumba:
• Burn out calories
As we dance to the beat, the fats dance away. 600-1000 calories will be burned when a person attends Zumba class. Everything can happens so fast that you won’t even see it coming. Those flabs have got to go.  
• Boost up confidence
As we move those hips, a sense of relief washes through us where we forget what we are stressing about. I love being on the Zumba. No one is going to judge whether we suck or not. Shake that booty and make it.
 
• Meet new people
Okay, I have mentioned that we get to meet new people at college years. But, the community is large. We get to see people and think that, “Hey, I think I have seen him/her in Zumba classes.” What are the odds?
 
• Improve coordination
Getting to release all the things that stops us is one of the best feelings ever. While we are young, better to not let our coordination fail us.
 
• Improves our mood
Let’s face it. There are frustrations, competitions and intimidations happening around the campus, especially if you are part of the honors list. As we release endorphins, we eliminate stress. We say goodbye to negative sides and hello to positive feelings.
 
• Energy level
The energy bar just rises up. I am amazed at how my endurance just improved. I get to endure longer and still remain a cool head. Building up our endurance is a good thing because that way, we can last longer throughout the day.
 
• Dance moves
Ever had that feeling that you don’t want to dance in parties because you are too shy of your dance moves. Don’t worry. You are not alone. You will be able to demonstrate your moves without feeling awkward. There, we will rock the dance floor.
 
• It’s fun
I get to be with my fellow classmates in Zumba Dance classes. We get to meet, greet and smile at one another. We just let loose and beat it until we make it.
 

It all just takes a little of your time and you too can leave with a smile on your face.

Zumba Survival Tips

No matter what your personality is, sometimes that first ever Zumba class is a little intimidating. No worries, I’ve got your back. So here are my 6 helpful tips for surviving your first Zumba experience. Shake your way back into shape.
 

1. Comfy Clothes and Shoes


Invest in the proper workout gear. Expensive clothes are not required, but the right shoes are. Your feet will surely take a lot of impact, so pick the shoes which allows your feet to pivot easily, and have a smooth sole. Pick the sneakers that are ideal for dance fitness to be sure you have something with the proper traction.
 

2. Avoid the Last Row


If you’re self-conscious like me, you want to stay out of the way and prefer that no one’s eyeing you. But mind that many of the songs rotate, and if you start in the back, you’ll soon find yourself in the front row. Oh no! Especially, if it’s a big class, you’ll be struggling seeing the instructor. If the front of the pack is too overwhelming for you, join the middle row to have people surround you.
 

3. Stay Hydrated


You will sweat a lot. That’s for sure. So remind yourself to bring plenty of water. It is very important to drink a lot of water when working out to prevent injuries or other issues. When the body loses water and not enough is replenished, it causes headaches. It will also aid in flushing out all those toxins you just stirred up.
 

4. Nobody’s Watching You


The phrase “Dance like nobody is watching,” is the key to Zumba survival. Prevent yourself from worrying about the others. Trust me, no one cares whether you fail to keep up to the rhythm or coordination challenges. Everyone is completely absorbed in their own worlds trying to keep up and seeing themselves as the greatest and sexiest dance star. So don’t be afraid to give your 100% – no one will laugh (except maybe you!).
 

5. Don’t stress yourself


Zumba moves are fast and are might complicated at first since there is usually few or no instruction on the choreography ahead of time. Remind yourself that your main goal is not to achieve perfection, you are there because you deserve to have fun. If your feet are not quite right at first, don’t give up. Just keep your body moving and wiggle your hips as much as possible. That’s what really counts. You’ll get it eventually!
 

6. Be social


I know you may be nervous about attending a Zumba class for the first time. But Zumba survival experience is much more fun and meaningful once you lighten up and get to know the others in the class. Or consider about bringing a friend or a co-worker along to enjoy it with you. Being chummy with the others in class or bringing someone you already know helps motivate you to continue. If you can’t convince any friends to come with you, initiate a conversation with others by asking what their favorite songs are, or even showing each other your favorite moves.

 

Once you gain friends and acquaintances there, you’ll be much more eager to attend the next classes.

All About Zumba

A new fitness adventure might intimidate you at first. Intimidation, however, is not something you can find in a Zumba class. Ignore the “ifs and buts” -just sign up to get started. Join the world’s largest fitness party and let those fears go away.
Here are the things you might want to know before you go.
 

What is Zumba?
 

Zumba- dubbed as an exercise in disguise is a Latin inspired cardio-dance workout. It uses music and choreographed steps to create a fitness party atmosphere. Since its inception in the mid-’90s, Zumba dance program gained 10 million people across more than 110 countries according to its website.
 

What to expect in Zumba class?
 

This might be frustrating for first-timers but you will eventually get the hang of it after attending a few classes since the songs are played repeatedly. Most Zumba classes lasts for an hour. It starts with a dynamic warm-up and ends with some static stretching and a cool down. While most of the instructors use pre-choreographed dance moves by Zumba, some instructors often create their own dance steps to add or make an entirely new routine to their favorite songs.
Instructors don’t speak much during the class. Instead they cue you on using hand signals, or a loud hand clap that signifies that it’s time to switch to a new move. Overall, participants learn easily as they go by example and repetition.
 

Who can do Zumba?
 

Anyone! You don’t have to be a dancer to do Zumba. Men and women of all ages can join a Zumba class together. However, you might want to visit a Doctor or a health care provider for a check-up before trying a new exercise of any kind. Zumba is for anyone, dance experience or skills are not necessary. People of all ages, gender, shapes and sizes are encouraged to join classes. If you can manage shake your booty and enjoy music, this class is perfect for you.
 

What to wear?
 

Wear something which you normally wear for cardio style class such as pants, t-shirts or tank tops with sneakers that allow you to pivot your feet easily. It’s important to wear clothing that is breathable, moveable, and will wick sweat away. Also, consider dressing in layers that you can remove.
 

What to bring to a Zumba class?  

Lots of water and a hand towel are a must. Also consider bringing a post-workout protein snack for helping your body replenish its lost energy. Take a heart rate monitor with you if you want to see exactly how hard you’re working.

 


 

Where to do Zumba?
 

You can join Zumba classes at Knights of Columbus, 106 Bergen Avenue in Ridgefield Park every Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm. You can also buy some DVDs if you want to do Zumba at home, but I highly encourage you and your friends to join a group class because it can help make the experience extra-awesome.
See you there!