08 diciembre 2010

Zumba en Saffron Walden

By now everybody knows that New Year resolutions do not work. And why should they? Let's face it, dieting makes you feel either hungry or guilty or both at the same time, while going to gym is plain boring. Check what The Lazy Person's Guide to Life says about sport in general (if it is not too much work, that is).

Is anyone still reading this blog and, in particular, this post? Good. Here's my two-pronged advice to you, my reader:
  1. Forget the gym.
  2. Don't wait until New Year. Start having fun now.
In this latter endeavour, you can do worse than trying a Zumba class. Colombian Alberto "Beto" Pérez invented this dance fitness workout whatever program in 1990s and called it "Rumbacize". This name, apparently, mutated to "Zumba". (There is a town in Ecuador called Zumba but I don't know how or whether it is connected to Zumba the dance thing.) It doesn't matter if you never danced in your life. You don't have to be fit to do Zumba. You don't even have to want to be fit. All you need is the right attitude: Ditch the workout, Join the party! — hey, probably first ever corporate slogan I like. I'd write more if I were on their payroll, but I am not, so let's move to Saffron Walden bit.

If you live in Saffron Walden area, drop in one of the classes with Luisa Curbelo. She comes from Venezuela and, believe me, she knows her Latin rhythms. In 60 minutes, you'll get your weekly load of calypso, cumbia, flamenco, merengue, reggaeton, salsa, samba (not necessarily in this order) with a dash of belly dancing and a healthy helping of bhangra. Also, you have a chance brush up your Spanish. What are you waiting for? Check the timetable and go!

P.S. Don't forget to bring a pair of comfy sport shoes, some sort of tracksuit, a towel (you'll be sweating, I promise) and a bottle of water.

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