Beat the Workout Blues with Zumba [CC ShapeU]

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It’s 4:30 in the afternoon, your two hour lecture on ancient philosophy is finally over, and you have yet to start that English Lit paper your professor assigned three weeks ago, which is now due in 24 hours. Getting into your spandex and trekking over to the gym to deal with gawking dudes and those girls who just stand around barely breaking a sweat is the last thing you want.

Sound familiar? No matter how you characterize yourself – be it self-proclaimed fitness guru, or occasional gym-goer – everyone has one of those days. You know, when you lounge around donning a mindless, blank stare after a long day, weighing the appeal of working out versus spoon feeding yourself Nutella while catching up on the latest episode of The Walking Dead. And we know how tempting the latter is. After a stressful day of classes, with readings and assignments piling high, and the effects of that second cup of coffee fading fast, who wants to exert more energy into a tedious cardio workout? But put that spoon down, and don’t grab the remote just yet, because there’s a simple solution to your Boring Workout Blues: it’s cardio that won’t even seem like a workout, that will make you break a sweat but leave you refreshed and with a boost in your mood! It’s a Zumba-inspired dance workout!

There’s a long standing joke between friends and I that “Zumba has too many people.” But, bitterness as a kickboxing instructor aside, there are definitely some legitimate reasons as to why Zumba-style classes are so popular. Aside from delivering an awesome calorie-burning cardio workout, cardio-dance classes are super-fun: listening to your favorite music and breaking it down with friends as a workout? Yes, please! Depending on how intense you get, you can burn up to 10 calories a minute, just through shaking it to some awesome tunes. And the endorphins and mood-improving after effects…those aren’t too shabby either!

So invite a couple girlfriends over and watch this Guide to Basic Zumba video! Once you get the moves down, check out some of these fast-paced songs to create your own workout! You’ll feel empowered and energized (and happy you saved the nutella for another day).

Nothing beats a quick workout in the comfort of your own home…combine that with a couple friends, the fact that you don’t need to spend money on a class at your local gym, and the time you save by customizing a workout to fit your needs,and you’ve got three more reasons to make a cardio-dance workout one of your go-tos on a busy, stressful day!

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