Have you ever wondered what’s the magic behind this exercise craze that is taking the fitness world by storm? In this issue of our newsletter, we will have a look at the 10 benefits of Zumba.
The 10 Benefits of ZUMBA
1. Improved Cardiovascular Health
One of the best fitness benefits associated with Zumba dancing is an improvement in your cardiovascular health. Your cardiovascular system is composed of your heart, as well as the veins and arteries that deliver blood to and from the heart. When this system is weak, you may experience symptoms such as weakness, shortness of breath, fatigue, and an inability to perform the daily activities of life. In addition to these symptoms, a weak cardiovascular system can, in some cases, cause heart attacks or even death. Research has found that one of the best ways to improve the condition of your cardiovascular system is by performing physical activity that stresses the heart, such as walking, swimming, or Zumba dancing.
2. Weight Loss
Another great fitness benefit associated with Zumba dancing is the burning of body fat and weight loss. This is one of the most common reasons that people choose to join group exercise classes such as Zumba. As stated above, Zumba is a type of cardiovascular exercise, and research has found that participating in cardiovascular exercise is the best way to lose weight. For best results, try to track how many calories you burn during the workout, and use this to maximize your weight loss. For the average person, engaging in Zumba dance workout for one hour will burn 600 to 1,000 calories.
3. Stress Reliever
Zumba dance routines are all about releasing your inhibitions and losing yourself in the movements. Some people who attend Zumba classes say it’s better than therapy. Not only do the energetic moves cause release of mood altering endorphins, you can feel your worries melt away as you lose yourself in the music and the movements.
4. Improved Mood / Positive Self-Image
Research has found that all types of exercise produce endorphins, which are a type of “feel-good” hormone that are released into the blood stream after you finish exercising. People who suffer from bouts of depression are often encouraged to participate in physical activity in order to benefit from these hormones. Studies have discovered that for the highest amount of endorphin release, you must participate in cardiovascular exercise. Zumba is an excellent option – it improves self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-image.
5. Improved Coordination
Zumba dancing is also a great way to improve your coordination. Having a good sense of coordination is very important, especially as you age. Falls among the elderly are one of the leading causes of death. Therefore, if you can improve (and maintain) your coordination as you age, you will be less likely to fall victim to these types of accidents.
6. Tones the Abdominals
Many Zumba dance moves aid in working on the core abdominal muscles – the girdle of muscles that gives the pelvis its strength and power. This means firmer abdominals and a lower risk of back pain.
7. Total Body Workout
With weight-lifting and resistance training, you are focusing on one group of muscles at a time. Even when you do cardio on a treadmill or an exercise bike, you are mostly working the lower body. Zumba provides a total body toning routime along with a heart-pumping aerobic workout. Regular sessions of Zumba dance have the ability to reshape and refresh all parts of the body, like the hips, the arms, the heart, and the mind.
8. Provides Benefits of Interval Training
Zumba dance offers the benefits of interval training which is one of the best ways to burn calories. Zumba incorporates the principles of interval training into every workout by using alternating fast and slow sequences to vary the intensity.
9. It’s Upbeat and Fun
What is the most common reason people stop exercising? Lack of time and boredom. Zumba addresses both of these problems by providing a total body workout in one session and making exercise fun. The magic of the lively Latin music motivates participants to perform movements with more intensity than if they were doing a series of squats or a set of controlled lat-pull down exercises. The mood is incredibly upbeat in a Zumba exercise class. Time goes by quickly because the dance routines are anything but boring. Most people look forward to coming to class – and so they keep coming – and seeing results.
10. Easy, Non-Intimidating Learning Environment
Learn new dance steps in an easy-to-follow, fun and party-like format.
Now that you have learnt about the many benefits of Zumba, what are you waiting for?