Discover the Benefits of Zumba 

 

For so many people, exercising is a chore. And the thought of doing a chore often keeps one at home, instead of getting out and getting active. Zumba is the exercise which contradicts the stereotype. It calls itself a party, not a workout and for many fans it lives up to just that. 

Zumba is a workout which features upbeat and contagious music to get you moving. An instructor leads the workout but the idea is to move. If you can’t do the steps exactly, that’s OK, just keep moving! While many people participate by attending classes, there are also videos for those who prefer a workout at home. 

 

Calorie and Fat Burning 

At its core, Zumba classes provide a large calorie burn through aerobic activity done with interval training in mind. The classes are choreographed to provide intervals of intensity in both pace of music and type of movements resulting is a workout maximized for fat-burning benefits. Fitness moves are incorporated within dance moves. Participants go from fast dance type steps to a classic exercise sets such as a long, slow set of push-ups on the wall. 

 

Improved Coordination 

Coordination improves with time, which is extremely important to maintain, as you grow older. 

 

Full Body Workout 

Zumba not just a dance, it’s a great cardio-vascular workout that also works out for the whole body. 

 

  • Head and shoulder rolls that loosen up the neck and warm up the upper body 
  • Footwork strengthens and stretches calves and ankles 
  • Zumba touches on nearly every muscle and joint 

 

Aerobic Benefits 

Zumba uses songs which play around 145 beats per minute. The fast pace makes it natural to move around quickly, the path to true aerobic exercise. 

 

Anaerobic Benefits 

Zumba’s fast pace builds endurance after only a few workouts. It builds anaerobic endurance rather quickly. It helps to maintain a good cardiovascular respiratory system and increases how much oxygen you can breathe during a high-intensity event. 

 

It Gets You Hooked on Exercise 

Zumba is so enjoyable people actually want to keep coming back. It completely changes the idea of exercise because it’s something one really looks forward to and keeps you on a healthy routine! 

 

Everyone Can Join In 

Zumba classes are offered at all levels, from kids to seniors and even aquatic versions. There is no large learning curve in a Zumba class. In most cases, first-timers can jump right into a class and follow along with the instructor. It's easy to learn Zumba steps! 

 

Increased Confidence 

Zumba lowers inhibitions, improves your posture, coordination and how one feels about themselves. These changes reflect on mood and on appearance and as a result improve confidence. 

 

Mood Boosting 

Zumba is the great for getting rid of stress accumulated during the day. The upbeat moves favor the release of mood-improving endorphins. 

 

It’s Social 

At a Zumba class, participants meet and interact with new people. Attending workouts two or three times a week aids in socializing and making new friends. Or just bring your friends along. 

 

Sources: 

http://www.healthfitnessrevolution.com/top-10-health-benefits-zumba/ 

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