Zumba update with Paul and Helen Harrison

Hi Guys,  Oh no it’s that time of year, the mornings are still dark, and the evenings come round too quickly! To top it all there have been some very cold windy days. So here’s a timely reminder, that applies to anyone who does any exercise . It is fantastic that we get warm muscles during a workout because increased blood flow makes them stronger and less likely to be injured. So why then do some of us [I have done it myself] go out into the cold air in the same gear, now damp with perspiration, without the protection of an extra layer of clothing? It’s not clever is it ? Even crossing the car park to jump into the car can be detrimental expecially if we stop for a chat with a friend . Beware those muscles feeling shivery while still in the after glow of a workout. I am really happy to see so many people now wear high visibility clothing when out for a run or cycle at night, driving at night is less scary when I can see people crossing the road or cyclists risking life and limb suddenly appearing in front of me. Our street lights don’t always show these dangers. Enough of the reminders then . Glad to say Zumba in it’s many forms is still popular and with well attended clases. Also Club and Dance on a Sunday evening with disco lights and glow sticks is still up there in the “fun classes.” Hope to see you all soon at Torbay Leisure Centre Bye for now Paul

About the author

Paul and Helen Harrison

Just to put you all “in the picture” so to speak, the accompanying photo is of myself and my other half Helen, who has been with me through thick and thin in my career as a teacher of fitness and dance.

I qualified as a fitness teacher of Exercise to music back in 1990, with the Y M C A going on to teach fitness in many formats eg. Step /Aqua and Zumba.

Zumba took me back to my roots as a dancer. So this has been our passion as much as any other form of exercise, together we demonstrate our love of dance fitness at various charity events throughout the Bay during the year.

It gives us great pleasure to see the fun people have trying out new routines, and the most important thing we find is that no-one is embarrassed or age or shape conscious we all join together in the pleasure of it. Anyone who thinks it is not a serious contender in this age of hard hitting exercise classes should try it ! without giving too much away neither of us is under the age of 60 and still going strong.