There’s an inherent problem with scheduling workouts, I’ve found. It tends to revolve around bridges being out, earthquakes and other responsibilities that might just mean you didn’t go to Staples to buy a planner.
I suppose the counter is that this happens to everyone. But I’m wondering how other residents work around sudden influxes from their career, and what strategies they use to stay healthy.
I have, at least, finally gotten the okay to return to training from my doctor. The unintended break isn’t all bad—with everything going on, it’s not like I had time to work out anyway.
I’m back to pounding pavement a little bit this week though, having hit the gym Sunday and runs Saturday and Monday. Though I didn’t feel any shaking Tuesday, that day’s workout was all shook-up.
And, much as I hate it, I’m back to logging everything I eat. It’s been a crazy summer, but everything I’m hearing from other Patch editors is that you have to look at what you’re eating and be aware of it. Except for one minor slip on Tuesday, I’ve stayed under the calorie limit given by my iPhone app.
All that moving and shaking makes this week’s featured class—Zumba with Heidi Jaramillo at Bridgewater’s Jewish Community Center—appropriate. The Latin dance-based gets participants dancing, moving and shaking for the duration of the workout.
I have to confess—Audrey and I took this class the week prior to New York Triathlon, when I was coming down with bronchitis. As a result, I didn’t actually take the class, so I can’t comment on how intense Jaramillo’s workout is.
As a former dancer, I can say it looks fun. And, having taken Zumba classes (anyone remember Celine at Kathleen Academy of Dance?) before, I can say it can be a very involved workout.
The level of involvement can depend on the instructor—I’ve been to a class that’s slower paced, not exactly my thing—but it’s also very self-paced, as Jaramillo and several class members said. With participants in their 60s coming to the JCC class, it’s entirely up to a participant’s personal fitness level.
Likewise, Jaramillo doesn’t push class participants past their comfort levels, so a 60-year-old isn’t pressured into keeping up with a 20-year-old.
And the big part of the workout is fun, as Jaramillo and several class members noted. The music, which was all Latin in the class but could cater to other tastes, is kept upbeat and up-tempo and seemed to help participants keep moving.
As Jaramillo said, “Everybody has it. It’s in our blood.”