In the 90’s Zumba was born by accident. A fitness instructor decided to play his latin albums since he forgot to bring his usual workout music to class. They danced and sweated it out to the salsa, flamenco, and merengue beats and loved it!
A zumba class burns around 600 to 100 calories. It is fun and a social class. It may look like a party but research says it is a highly effective workout. It is a complete body, high energy aerobic exercise. It helps strengthen your core and helps improve your flexibility due to its hips and midsection movements. Zumba also helps with your balance – not just in purely physical terms, but emotionally and mentally, too.
Zumba has become not just a workout class but a global fitness lifestyle brand. But the most impressive part of Zumba is how much it appeals to people who stay away from exercise. The workout-in-disguise is invigorating and freeing. The workout may be especially helpful for older adults who can’t run or do more intense workouts (or for those who don’t want to). It is discovered that many people report a reduction in stress and depression after attending regular Zumba classes.
And sure, Zumba is well aware of its reputation as “your mom’s workout,” but here’s the thing: When you’re counting reps, calories, and minutes spent in a specific heart rate zone, you forget that working out and moving your body to music can and should feel joyful — not punishing.
Zumba is for everybody! If you like pop-style Latin music or enjoy dancing then I’ll bet you’ll love Zumba.