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Zumba 'more like a party'

Beth Smith loves to Zumba.

Six years ago, Beth Smith took up Zumba. For the uninitiated, Zumba is a dance fitness program that was invented in the 90s by a Colombian dancer and choreographer and it combines Latin dance and aerobic moves. 

"I love it. It is upbeat, it's fun, it's different. You learn the Cha Cha, the Tango, you exercise. We did a couple hundred squats the other day incorporated in the hour," she said.

Smith works as the supervisor of patient access and telecom at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. She's been there since the hospital opened 10 years ago. 

Her job is a little sedentary, but her workout is not. "I used to do Jazzercise, I do spinning and I do about three 5K runs a year. But I wanted something more fun."

Smith says she likes Zumba because she says the class is accepting of all shapes and sizes and she's found it a great place to meet people and make friends, both coworkers and others. 

Since she started Zumba, she says she's noticed that she has more energy and that it has been a great cardio exercise for her.

Smith's turning 63 this year, but she isn't slowing down. To her, health means "just keep moving and keep going," she says.

There's about 50 to 100 at her Zumba class, and it is "more like a party (than a workout) with everyone hooting and hollering," she said.


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