As many of you across the nation are doing, I am trying to get into a fitness routine. I am printing off schedules, buying punch cards and generally planning ahead for those days when the thrill wears off and I just want to stay home. My will to work out has already been tested, my local fitness club ran a “beginner zumba” class this Sunday and I really felt this would be the best way to get acquainted. Lo and behold the temperature was near 60 below windchill and the three block walk was a brisk one. It was no help that it was also icy. I felt good about what I accomplished at the class and ran back today. I will always be 5-10 minutes late for these classes due to my teaching schedule, so I will likely always be on the periphery stumbling along. My advice to you is to get to class early and situate yourself right behind the teacher – that is the view you want, not other zumba enthusiasts trying their best but not always hitting the right moves. These first classes are rough, especially on the faster moves…will I catch on or do I need to video tape a class and watch in slow motion? Only time will tell. 🙂 For myself, I think classes are best…left to my own devices I will not keep going at anything for longer than a half hour. I am hoping to get to yoga, pilates and even a biking class. Will this last? By spring and summer I may not want to be indoors at all as I am sure the weather will be delightful. While it is nice to have a routine, it is not all bad to break from routine, only to return to it with new fervor ..