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Zumba Lite - Great for Old People AND Stay-at-Home Moms

By November 9, 2011

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I was flipping through my gym's monthly newsletter and noticed an announcement about a new class being added to the schedule. It reads, "Zumba Lite is perfect for senior citizens and stay-at-home moms!"

A picture of a Zumba class
Zumba is a great workout for every mom.
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That's right, ladies. Put down your bonbons and turn off those soap operas. Even you, stay-at-home mom that you are, can do this workout.

As someone who's been hitting a "regular" Zumba class every week for about a year now, I can tell you there are plenty of stay-at-home moms who would do the same double take I did when I read that sentence in the newsletter. Why were "stay-at-home moms" specifically named?

One of Zumba's biggest draws is that you can start anytime. You don't have to be 20 years old or in the best shape. Zumba is a workout anyone can do regardless of age, weight or fitness level.

What is Zumba Lite exactly? It's just like a regular Zumba class with the same moves, yet at a slower pace. What it should be billed as is an easy way to learn these dance moves and find out if Zumba is right for you.

If you're unfamiliar with Zumba, it's a Latin-inspired fitness program from Colombian workout instructor Beto Perez. You dance salsa, cumbia, mambo and so much more. Newer versions of the dance workout also infuse belly dancing and hip hop to your session.

At my first Zumba class, I was out of sequence with the rest of the group as I tried to learn the dance moves. But I still managed to burn over 500 calories.

Now I go to a Zumba class each week. I've also added the new Zumba Exhilarate DVD set to my routine.

At last week's one-hour Zumba class, I burned 648 calories. During yesterday's workout to the DVDs, I burned 728.

Although I've tried spin class, kickboxing, step aerobics, pilates and more, nothing makes the sweat pour down my face like Zumba. I don't even notice how hard I'm working because I'm having so much fun.

This stay-at-home mom is doing just fine keeping up with the class. Any mom can do this workout.

Zumba Lite may be a great introduction to Zumba. But if this type of class isn't offered near you, don't be afraid to check out a regular Zumba class. You'll do just fine even if you claim you have two left feet. The regulars flub the moves every now and then too but no one cares because everyone's too busy having fun.

For the record, "senior citizens" should be offended by the announcement in the gym's newsletter too. I've been out-danced in Zumba class by women who are twice my age!

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