Zumba. Zumba. Zumba. So hot right now. Zumba.
It looks like a blast to some, and others… a nightmare. But – if you’re up for a new fun challenge, read on to learn how to rock it!
Zumba is a popular cardiovascular workout that thousands of people swear by. It was developed on accident by Alberto Perez in the 90′s in Colombia, and was introduced to Miami in 2001. It’s been on the rise ever since.
It’s a group dance class of sorts, where the instructor picks their playlist (typically Latin/International theme with sprinkles of current pop hits), and teach you some moves. Fans of Zumba love the community atmosphere of the group class, the music, and how fast the time flies. If you ever enjoy letting loose at a local 80′s night dancing the night away – give Zumba a try!
Not only is this activity fun, but it actually is legitimate cardio. Experts say that from a 60 minute Zumba workout you can burn anywhere from 500-1,000 calories! What?! Sweet.
Pro tip: If you are feeling adventurous and give Zumba a try, don’t take yourself too seriously. Half of the fun is letting go and enjoying the party atmosphere.
That’s all well and good, but what do medical professionals think of this trend? Well, according to the Mayo Clinic Zumba offers both interval training and resistance training in one workout, which makes it efficient. As an aerobic activity, it can help shed unwanted pounds, strengthen your heart, and boost your mood. Plus, if you like Zumba – you’re more likely to stay with it, which is key for making activity part of your life.
Curious? Check out this Zumba sponsored video to see a routine in action.
Source: Mayo Clinic, WebMD
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