Sure, you may not shake them like Shakira does, but with Zumba, you can definitely move and groove to a healthier, more fit, and younger looking and feeling you.What Is Zumba?
Zumba is pretty much a calorie burning, Latin-inspired dance fitness routine that really does shake up your tired old workout. Depending on the class or session, you can expect to get steps from Salsa, moves from Merengue, with Hip Hop and so much more in between. Heck, you might even be in for a little bit of belly dancing too.
“The dance fitness program uses the principles of resistance training and fitness interval training to increase caloric output and all-body toning.
The idea behind combining easy dance steps in a fitness program is to help those who have a negative association with exercise and fitness re-framing their attitude about fitness and exercise.
For most who have started on the Zumba, fitness path is addicted to the program.” -Alberto “Beto” Perez, Zumba Fitness Creator”
So as you shimmy and shake (and may even ache), you will be moving most of your muscles and work up a sweat in no time. At first, it is perfectly normal for Zumba to totally kick your ass, even with beginner level classes. Think off beat, out of step moves that are a far cry from the cute/sexy Latin dance routines that you have in mind- and you will probably look nothing like your instructor. But just stick to the program and in a week or so (or less), there is a big chance for you to master a couple moves (but definitely not all).
What Is So Great About Zumba?
First and foremost (and most obvious), Zumba, being the perfect cardiovascular exercise that it is, is a great way to keep healthy and fit, which are two key factors to looking young and feeling young. So it is fair to say that Zumba, just like other exercise routines, is amazing for anti-aging.
More on that, Zumba is not only good for keeping your body young, but your brain as well.
“ The Einstein Aging Study, summarized on June 19, 2003, New England Journal of Medicine, found that dancing helps prevent dementia.”
According to the study, out of 11 different physical activities, like sports and swimming, dance was the only one that benefited the brain. Learning the steps helps keep memory sharp and the brain young.
So it is no surprise that there are women in their 70’s still getting their Zumba on.
Zumba is also a great way to lose the “loose” and shake away some unwanted pounds.
It is good for toning just as it is for dropping numbers on the scale. Depending on the level of your class and how much energy you put into it, you can burn up to 500 calories in an hour’s work out. Pair it with some strength training and a healthy diet, you will be on the right path to the body of your dreams- the trick is to not get side tracked.
One of the best things about Zumba is that it is fun. Heck, this may be one of the few exercises that you will find yourself smiling (not the entire time though, but every once in a while) while doing it. And because it is so much fun, your routine will be over before you know it. Plus, that is why it is just so darn addictive.
How To Get Your Zumba On
You can go to your local gym and ask about Zumba classes. With this being a total fitness craze, there is sure to be at least one offered. But if you’re not really comfortable dancing with an entire class, you can also do Zumba at home. You can follow a DVD or, if you have the right console, there is also Zumba for the ps3 and Zumba for the Wii.