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Everybody Dance: Don’t Sweat, Sparkle With Zumba For 2024

As we enter New Year, my heart is filled with reflections on 2023 – a year of Zumba love! How did it start? Well, it was the end of the Covid era, a chilly night, in a dimly lit marquee that unexpectedly ignited my high-energy Zumba obsession as a new mum over 40.

Do you want to get fit, but dread the thought of the gym? Zumba is a fun, social activity that can provide the same cardio workout as a session on the treadmill. It’s like stepping into a dance party where you’re not scrutinised for your moves, but celebrated – even if you’ve two left feet like me. Here are some of the benefits:

Good For Your Heart

What makes Zumba truly special is the incredible community it fosters. We’re from all walks of life, backgrounds and ages, connected by a love of dance. Seasoned dancers share the floor with beginners, creating an atmosphere that’s not only inclusive, but also really fun. And then, there’s the Persian touch for me. In Iran, dance is part of the very fabric of life. H and I being the exception to that rule.

Inner Whirling Dervish

For example, a flashback to our wedding and in an ambitious moment, I decided to channel my inner whirling dervish. Little did I know that my attempt at the knife dance would be more of a whirling disaster than graceful. I spun, wobbled, and at one point, I’m fairly certain I attempted a moonwalk.

Back to today, I may not be the star of the show, but I’m certainly the comedic relief at the back of the class. And you know what? That’s perfectly fine. In the middle of my clumsy moves, there’s a deepening bond of friendship that transcends my dance floor mishaps.

The Persian Two-Step

From traditional folk dances to modern interpretations, Persians love celebrating life’s highs and lows through dance. It’s a cultural expression that transcends generations, connecting everyone through shared movements and shared stories. And in our Zumba class, this spirit is alive and kicking.

The Cha-Cha Challenge

In Zumba, the instructor’s cues are crucial. Riccardo, Silvie, Nat, Danny and Cindy have elevated them to an art form. Their cues aren’t mere instructions; they’re a dance in themselves, guiding us through the choreography with finesse.

My Zumba sessions usually begin quite innocently with the salsa – hips swaying, feet tapping. Although my interpretation is not a salsa sizzler. My attempt at a hip wiggle resembles a perplexed penguin, and my footwork sometimes looks like I’m auditioning for a tap dance class. But hey-ho, I can’t be good at everything! The cha-cha for example is definitely more of a cha-cha challenge for me, but the main thing is I smile all the way through it.

Improves Coordination and Agility

As a full-body workout, Zumba targets various muscle groups, enhancing strength and flexibility – crucial elements for a mum over 40 like me facing the physical demands of caring for Little C. Moreover, the fabulous music and atmosphere of a Zumba class provides a mental escape to reduce stress and promote a positive mindset.

There’s No Age Limit

I’d rather workout in Zumba than pound the pavement running or on a treadmill because when I feel good, my mind does too. What I love is that you’re never too old (or too young) to Zumba. Whether you’re six or 60, you’re in safe hands with David Lloyd’s experienced team of Zumba instructors who are getting the North East moving and shaking. So forget your inhibitions and join me!

Share Your Zumba Love With Us

Here’s to more Zumbathons in the New Year – and a resolution to make it to the front of the class before the end of 2024. May your year be filled with new fitness challenges, and dance because its a great way to make new friends.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year filled with love, dance, and the celebration of Zumba! Tomorrow is New Year’s Day and you’ll find me at Zumba. Why not share your Zumba and dance stories with us in the comments below?


Saffron and Cyrus is a Newcastle-based family lifestyle blog, covering health, wellness, days out, travel, reviews, recipes and more from our family life.
The blog is written by new mum over 40, Aranda, with input from hubby H and son, Little C.

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