Zumba is an attractive, effective and unique fitness exercise that everyone can cherish to do. It is very different from aerobic exercises (like brisk walking, running, cycling, swimming etc.), routine workouts of a gym and drill exercises. So, what is Zumba exercise all about?
Zumba is a blend of dance steps with a Latin flavour adopted from several dance styles such as salsa, hip-hop, merengue, tango, belly dancing, mambo and Cumbia. Unlike with other fitness exercises, one is more likely to stick with the Zumba fitness program because dancing Zumba to the Latin and international music is a joy. There is no need to worry at all if you are not a dancer. Just follow the instructions of the Zumba instructor and keep on kicking your legs and moving your arms to begin with. Thereafter, steadily increase your body movements and its intensity levels to reap the following benefits of Zumba.
Loose excess body fat:
If you want to see fast results in losing your excess fat stored in belly and other parts of your body, then Zumba is the right workout for you when compared with all other fitness programs. Doing it regularly, increases your physical activity, which in turn burns your daily calories. Studies on Zumba fitness reported that on average an individual can burn 369 Kcal for 39 mins workout. So it is obvious that Zumba classes with one hour duration can burn more calories. One should always remember that for maintaining an optimal body fat, diet control is equally important besides adopting any kind of vigorous workouts.
Builds muscle tone:
Zumba helps in strengthening the muscles of your body. Zumba movements focus on every muscle of – arms, abdomen, hips, thighs, legs, etc.
Strengthens cardiovascular system:
Zumba, being an aerobic exercise and a combination of high and low intensity workouts, has a higher response rate in increasing the heart rate. If this exercise is regularly practiced over a period of time, it strengthens the heart muscle; thus controls blood pressure and also reduces the risk of heart diseases. One best thing is that even elderly people who cannot do much rigorous exercises can maintain their cardiovascular fitness by doing simple Zumba workouts.
Generally, after exercising, the glucose levels in the blood reduce because the body muscles takes in the glucose more efficiently. Zumba also provides similar results, controlling blood sugar, making it a great choice for someone with diabetes.
People with arthritis often avoid exercising due to pain in their joints. This is not a good sign and results in rapid muscle loss, further affecting cardiovascular health. Dance workouts like Zumba, with its low intensive movements, can reverse the negative impacts of the arthritis. However, considering the condition of arthritis, adapting right movements of Zumba is always important to relieve the pain.
Doing any joyful activity, always elevates one’s mood. Zumba, a fun-filled activity with powerful dance moves, releases certain hormones – endorphins (morphine-like hormones), dopamines and serotonins into the body. These hormones trigger the feeling of delight, offsets the internal causes of stress and improves the quality of sleep.
Here is the list of other benefits that you can gain: your confidence level improves, your inhibitions vanish, your coordination skills improve, and finally you will feel all good about yourself.
Let’s achieve our fitness goal by following the joyful path of Zumba and celebrate exciting fitness party at home or anywhere.Usually people dance either to be happy or when they feel happy; now people dance to stay fit and healthy. So, “join a class today and enjoy your life”.