ZUMBA, HAVE YOU HEARD OF IT?

 

There are many benefits from practicing Zumba!  In the 1990s, a Colombian dancer and choreographer , Alberto Perez,  developed a dance fitness program called Zumba, which combines elements of dance and aerobics, including hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue and mambo.   It has become a popular new style of exercise, and is regularly practiced by over 15 million people in more than 175 countries.   Combining fast and slow dance moves with elements of resistance training, Zumba is a full-body workout that encourages social interaction.  I love it!  Some of the benefits other than learning different dance elements are: 

Burn Calories and Fat: its a combination of aerobic exercise  and resistance training. The fluctuation from controlled movements to rapid, high-intensity cardiovascular exercise keeps your metabolism in high gear, which can equal anywhere from 300-600 calories burned in a single hour, depending on your workout intensity. 

Promote Endurance: Continuous movement while working out can be tough, and with the common breaks and cool-down periods of strength training, you don’t build up as much endurance as a long-duration workout. Zumba’s standard hour-long classes get your body accustomed to ongoing exercise and energy expenditure, which can make working out easier and more enjoyable.

Improve Posture and Flexibility: The movements involved in Zumba aren’t what most workouts include  so it improves  flexibility in regular Zumba users.

Boost Confidence: The social aspect of Zumba  improves your dance moves and your physical health in a fun, informal setting like a Zumba class. 

Increase Coordination: Your coordination improves because of the multi-tasking elements of Zumba.

Reduce Anxiety: Zumba will  boost your mood, because dance is a social activity and everyone is doing the same thing and enjoying it.  Zumba  causes the release of endorphins and neurotransmitters that can improve mood and eliminate stress in the body.

Work Out the Whole Body: As a dance-based form of fitness, Zumba acts as a full body workout, where you use almost every muscle group of the body in a smooth, comprehensive fitness regimen. And the more you practice Zumba the better you will get.

This is an activity for all people of all ages!

If the music is good you dance