These days zumba is very popular, but why?
1.Calorie and fat burning:
At its core, Zumba classes provide a large calorie burn through aerobic activity done with interval training in mind. The average person will burn around 600 to 1,000 calories in a Zumba class. With the classes choreographed to provide intervals of intensity in both pace of music and type of movements, class members’ energy expenditure is maximized for fat-burning benefits. Fitness moves are also incorporated within Zumba dances, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself moving from a fast merengue beat to a long, slow set of push-ups on the wall, or doing several sets of squats followed by plyometric jumps.
Music is the main ingredient to Zumba classes which becomes an instant mood booster, according to Bomvana.
“Music is a powerful tool. It helps you de-stress and gets you in a contagious happy mood. If anyone would go into a Zumba class at any given time, you are most likely to be greeted by smiles and laughter.”
3.You’ll improve cardiovascular fitness
According to the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, accepted fitness industry guidelines indicate that individuals who wish to improve their cardiovascular fitness should exercise between either:
- 64 and 94 percent of their HRmax, a measure of an athlete’s maximum heart rate
- 40 to 85 percent of VO2 max, a measure of the maximum volume of oxygen an athlete can use
According to the same study, all participants of a Zumba session fell within these HRmax and VO2 max guidelines. They were exercising at an average of 79 percent of HRmax and 66 percent of VO2 max. This makes Zumba an efficient workout in increasing aerobic capacity, a measure of cardiovascular fitness.
By joining a Zumba class you’ll definitely improve your coordination, and if you didn’t already know, it is extremely important to have good coordination as you grow older.
Maybe this doesn’t seem so important to you right now, but you will appreciate it once you get older and you won’t suffer from the consequences of poor coordination.
5.Everyone can join in:
Classes are offered at all levels, including standard Zumba, Zumba Gold for senior citizens, Zumba for kids and even Aqua-Zumba done in swimming pools. Because Zumba is based on music and dance, it seems to speak a universal language that people of all nations can related to. There is no large learning curve in a Zumba class, either. New participants may receive small-scale step rehearsals before some longer dances, but in most cases, first-timers can simply jump right into a class and follow along with the instructor.
Bomvana says the high energy fitness, sweating to the Salsa and Reggaeton beats is good for sparking conversations and creating new relationships.
“People come to most of our classes shy and reserved but, as soon as the music plays, a wave of energy and conversation fills the room instantly.”
7.Improved blood pressure
A 2016 study involving a group of overweight women found that after a 12-week Zumba fitness program, participants experienced a decrease in blood pressure and significant improvements in bodyweight.
Another 2015 study found a decrease in blood pressure in participants after a total of just 17 Zumba classes.
8.CLASSES ARE EVERYWHERE
Sometimes I read about a great new exercise class, only to find out it’s only offered in New York City.Since I don’t live there, it can be disappointing.
Not so with Zumba.Most cities and states boast several places that offer Zumba classes for all skill levels.
Check your local rec center or gym for a class near you.You won’t be let down!
I hope I convinced you to at least try going to a Zumba workout and you’ll see how addicted you will be afterwards to this wonderful fitness exercise.
9.Full body workout:
Zumba is both a dance class and a fitness class. Aside from its heart-health benefits, Zumba provides a workout for the whole body. From head and shoulder rolls that loosen up the neck and warm up the upper body, to footwork that strengthens and stretches calves and ankles, this fitness method touches on nearly every muscle and joint. Even those who are just learning the dance steps will find themselves waking up the day after a Zumba class with a definitive post-workout feeling.
Because most people who discover Zumba fall in love with it as a form of exercise, it’s a great choice if you have trouble staying motivated to stick with an exercise routine.
Many women say they are hooked after only one class.
If you need that kind of motivation, find yourself a Zumba class today.
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