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of shoes. Because of the side-to-side movements, she sug- gests tennis or basketball shoes, not running shoes. Community classes generally range from 45 to 90 min- utes (find a local class at Zumba.com). An hour-long regular Zumba class can burn 400 to 600 calories says Lucas, de- pending upon body weight, workout intensity, conditioning level and individual metabolism. As a point of reference, NutriStrategy.com charts calories burned by a 155-pound person engaged in an hour of light calisthenics at 246 calo- ries; leisurely biking, 281; and walking briskly uphill, 422. “Find a class and an instructor you like,” counsels Lucas. “Make a commitment to having some ‘you’ time. Part of exer- cise is being social, so it’s a chance to make new friends, too.”


“Give a kid more control and you just might discover a workout partner.” ~ Mara Woloshin


Doctor of Naturopathy Kathy Gruver, Ph.D., finds that


a hip-hop workout best suits her needs four to five times a week. Each 90-minute class is non-stop action and she rarely takes a break, although some class members don’t dance the entire time. Gruver works out at Rhythm Dance & Fitness Studios, near Santa Barbara, California, with choreographer Tamarr Paul. “I grew up dancing jazz, tap and ballet; nothing even close to hip-hop, and there are still moments that I can’t get a certain move or trip over my own feet. Still, it took just a few weeks to get my rhythm back and get in the groove,” says Gruver. “We run through a set of steps multiple times before we add more. Once we’ve learned a whole dance, we run it over and over to different music; some faster, some slower.” With dance, there’s something just right for everyone. Dance with the kids, the dog, while making the beds or vacu- uming crumbs. Dance along with a video or take a class to learn something new and different while making new friends. In any case, breathe in the music. It all makes exercise fun.


Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer at StLouisFreelanceWrit- er@mindspring.com.


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