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Zumba at Sixty!

Zumba for me is a

I came to the party late at the age of 58.Everybody was talking about Zumba and I was curious and like they say, Curiosity kills the cat but satisfaction brings it back ( after all it has nine lives).

I am not a lightweight in any sense. 😉 I speak for myself when I say that those with larger frames have a greater capacity to embrace new things and accept novel ideas. They don’t shy away from challenges and enjoy an eclectic life.

So while I was hurtling towards sixty at a breakneck speed, I embraced Zumba unconditionally and, boy, am I glad. It has changed my life completely and irreversibly. All the doubts about being able to cope with the intricate steps because I had never tried this form of dancing disappeared when I took my first step into the class. I still haven’t mastered the art but am enjoying learning the craft. 🙂

To my surprise, I found out that I could move- though not as gracefully and nimbly as my Zumba instructor, but I could hold my own. The first class had me hooked, and that day onwards I looked forward to the Zumba sessions at the gym excitedly.
I see new students walk into the class and take a step back in surprise when they see a silver haired not-so-thin lady enthusiastically doing Zumba. I have met some incredible people here and we bond over dance and our love for Zumba. My friend circle has grown considerably and I couldn’t be happier.

Another thing I like to tell the younger generation (my dad’s friend said this to me at a recent family function where people were almost berating me for not coloring my grey hair), “the Color of your hair doesn’t matter. What matters is what’s inside your head”.

I love the song, ‘Dil toh bacha hai ji’.
And a beautiful quote by Yoko Ono ~ “Some people are old at 18, and some are young at 90. Time is a concept that humans created.”
And like her , “When I turned sixty, it didn’t bother me at all.” – Yoko Ono

I was lucky, (lived up to my name) to get a fabulous Zumba teacher who not only dances flawlessly but also encourages and motivates the students tirelessly. Zin Shashank is a dancer par excellence, period.

To sum it up-
Z zest for adventure
U undeniably awesome
M marvelous footwork
B brave-hearts’ dance
A way of life.

8 thoughts on “Zumba at Sixty!

  1. So wonderful! There is no age to start something new. And so fun that you tried it. Loved reading you after long. See sharing about your fitness journey, Sulekha. You inspire!

    1. Dear Parul, thank you so much for reading my post and writing such a lovely comment. Like I said earlier I have been unable to write since long now. Hope to start again. Take care

  2. I agree, Sulekha. What’s inside your head matters the most. Getting attached to the color of one’s hair or the number of birthday candles, won’t do any good. You inspire me with your fitness stories and ever smiling attitude, dear Sulekha. You are my role model. Keep sharing your fitness adventures please.

    1. Hey Vinitha, love your generous and warm comment. Thank you so much for your encouragement and support in my writing journey. BlogARhythm is my safe place and you guys my rocks.

  3. Congratulations on your amazing journey! Your commitment to Zumba and your journey are truly inspiring. It’s been a joy to witness your enthusiasm. Thank you for sharing your story and for your kind words. You’re proof that age is just a number when it comes to staying active and embracing new challenges. Keep dancing and inspiring others!

    1. Sir, appreciate your ‘zumbalistic’ comment :). Thanks to you I have come a long way in the past year and a half since joining your zumba dance and fitness class. The upbeat music amd eclectic dance moves make me happy And happiness is fuel for the heart. I dance my cares away and recharge my batteries during the hour long classes. The awesome young people around add to the happiness quotient. I am so glad I walked into your class that one fine day.

  4. I absolutely love your enthusiasm and zest for fitness Zumba is so energetic, although it leaves me huffing and puffing. I sometimes do it by watching youtube, would be wonderful to do this in a class. Keep going and inspiring us.

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