Science News: 5/21/13

Science news takes a turn for the weird (and WEIRD) this week! There was an explosion on the moon, waves of ice from frozen lakes in Canada destroyed several houses, and researchers used freakin’ laser beams to search for an ancient city. Plus, BRCA genes have been in the news a lot recently, and the reason that the mutations haven’t been weeded out by natural selection may shock you.  Read More Science News: 5/21/13

Lunchtime Poll: 3/11

Last night I played a game of Hungry Hungry Hippos with my kids.  As we played, I remembered how badly I wanted this game when I was little.  I was so jealous of my friends who had it for their very own and could play it whenever they wanted.  But, however much I longed for Hungry Hungry Hippos, it was nothing compared to my lust for Lite-Brite. Read More Lunchtime Poll: 3/11

We Try It: Zumba

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This is what I looked like doing Zumba

I am writing this while still clad in my sweaty, stinky Zumba clothes because I am just that pumped to write about my experience.

I have been interested in trying Zumba forever, but it wasn’t offered at my old gym.  I have also been a little nervous that I would look like an idiot.  At my last gym I had to quit going to yoga because I was by far the least yoga-tastic and it was making me feel self-conscious instead of blessed with radiant light.  And since I have the grace of one of the dancing hippos in Fantasia, I was even more worried about Zumba.  It helps that my new gym seems to attract a wide range of ages, body types and fitness levels.  This Zumba class was no exception, and that went a long way towards me having a good time and not worrying about how I look or whether or not I could keep up.fantasia hippos

Supposedly you can burn 500 calories in an hour doing Zumba.  I believe it, the workout was not easy.  After 10 minutes I was sweating so much I was sure that at least half an hour had passed.  Also, the instructor had more energy in that hour than I probably expend in 24 hours, which was even more awe-inspiring when she said that this was the third Zumba class she taught today.

I have been sick this week so I can’t wait to go next week with full lung capacity.  I kept up the best I could, which at times meant more or less just tapping my feet and shaking my ass, but that that’s still a better work out than sitting on the couch watching Lifetime Christmas movies.  And the booty-shaking parts are fun, Lord knows I have the ass to work it.  I say try it and have fun! It’s a great way to mix it up if you’re bored of your regular workout routine.