During 1990, Zumba has emerged as an exercise cum dance program widely preferred by people from all age groups in approximately 186 countries today.
The name “Zumba” has no particular meaning. The original name was Rumbacize, a combination Rumba, and Jazzercize.Brazilian pop singer Claudia Leitte is the international ambassador for Zumba Fitness.The word ‘Zumba’ was made up in the 90s as a brand name. It is today reviewed total-body cardio and aerobic workout, which provides not just a fat calorie burning, but is a perfect way to boost a person- mentally and physically both.
The high-end low-intensity of rhythms and energy make this an excellent cardio workout. Traditional Zumba sessions often focus on strengthening the core, while others such as Zumba Toning and Zumba step workouts include weights to build the muscles in the arms, legs, and glutes. The music comes from several dance styles such as Salsa, Merengue, Flamenco, chachacha, Reggaeton, Soca, Hip hop music, Axé music, Samba, Tango to name a few. All these music rhythms together form an atmosphere very exuberant and fit for a non-monotonous workout. Zumba is now being taught by professionals in gyms or specific Zumba classes in metro cities as well as towns all across the nation. Nowadays, people prefer Zumba rather than regular workout because they have fun by dancing that they forget theirs.
A significant reason why Zumba has recently gained even more momentum is due to its innovative, non-boring nature of the exercise.
There are a lot of benefits to this form. Some of them are-
10. Easy Way To Burn Calories
Body Weight, obesity and body shaming has become one of the significant concerns in today’s world for men and women. Zumba is a perfect way to maintain one’s body weight especially if the person despises workout or is lazy (like most of us are). According to a recent study, a person burns 300 to 900kcal with an hour-long Zumba exercise. This calorie burning leads to lessening of the excess fat present in the body. Instead of the muscles, the activity aims at reducing the belly fat thus leading to a fun and easy way of regulating excess weight.
9. Toned And Beautiful Body
Zumba not just helps to shed the extra weight off your belly or thighs but it the exercise which includes choreography of different energetic dance styles. Beats or steps such as that of Hip-hop, Salsa, squats require high energy and flexibility. These dance styles stretch your muscles, make you flexible and tone your entire body giving you the hour-glass shape that you’ve wanted since so long!
One of the most prominent reasons which attracts people to this form of aerobic exercise is the fun content it has to offer. In Zumba workout lot of dance and aerobic movements are performed with energetic, loud music. The rhythms are so fast, and the music is so peppy that you cannot help but feel the energy reverberating through your spirit. Watching your self and everybody around you dancing makes the exercise fun. The music and the movements together boost up the power of the performer which in turn makes the exercise non-monotonous and preferable.
7. Makes You Happy
It has been seen that this exercise readily facilitates the secretion of Endorphins which is known to reduce the sensation of stress and pain. Zumba lets you feel energetic with vigorous exercise. It helps the person to forget his worries while doing the workout because the mood of the person will be full of joy by dancing and listening to songs. Additionally, During workout person has to concentrate on steps of the dance that makes a person cheerful and away from tensions.
6. Stress Buster
The above point brings us to the critical point of de-stressing. In today’s world where stress has almost become part and parcel of our lives, Zumba helps to channelize all your energy into dance and reduce stress. You can enter the fitness center enraged and then dance your heart out and de-stress yourself as the live music, and the contagiously energetic atmosphere forces you to stop worrying and start grooving!
5.Boosts Heart Health
The benefits of Zumba are in numerous. Amongst its medical benefits, foremost comes the strengthening of the heart. Zumba is total-body cardio and aerobic exercise which makes the heart healthier. With regular practice of Zumba, a person tends to breathe easily even after workouts or other physical activities. Zumba partially works as a breathing exercise and helps not just heart patients or aged people but helps people from all age strata to stay fit.
4. Boosts Mental Stability
Zumba channelizes all your energy into an energetic workout routine, and your mind tends to work better with concentration and learning. You tend to control your mind and remove all toxic or negative thoughts. Your memory improves with time as you learn to pick up and remember the beats of songs and dance steps. It thus boosts mental power and stability.
3. Improves Coordination
Zumba offers different options in exercises; one could choose his or her way of grooving to highly energetic musical beats. There are different types of Zumba workouts, but all of them have this one thing in common- maintaining the rhythms along with the correct steps all along is an exercise that improves coordination between the limbs and the brain. Moreover, it also improves the posture of an individual as he/she becomes more flexible and comfortable with his/her own body.
How can somebody forget the level of confidence that Zumba inculcates with regular practice? With a healthier body one functions in a better way in the day to day tasks. As the quality of work upgrades, one tends to get higher the professional and personal hierarchy. In addition to it, with a better posture and a powerful mind, one tends to feel confident in his/her self. It has enormous pros in every field of life, whether it is a working field or just school or college.
Humans are social animals who love to socialize with positive and inspiring people. It brings us to the simple fact that people tend to avoid or ignore people who give out negative and gloomy vibes. Zumba makes sure you don’t belong to the latter group. When you feel happy and confident in your skin, you bring positivity and attract people. Also, in Zumba classes, the interaction that people form with each other helps them bond with strangers and forge friendships. It helps to boost their social skills which again is a unique quality necessary in the long run.
Trainers claim that there are a few side effects of this form too. While an aerobic workout programme could make a person lose weight quicker, the person at the same time has a high risk of gaining weight faster if a fitness program like Zumba get closed. Also, with a quicker workout program, there is a higher tendency of injury by tripping or falling down or merely spraining a muscle. These side effects are, however, applicable to not just Zumba but all physical workout routines.
Mr. Beto Perez, (the founder) recommends starting with twenty minutes of Zumba three times per week if the person has no fitness background. As time progresses, over the next few weeks, it is recommended to try to build the time up to forty-five minutes to an hour each session at least thrice a week. Most professional Zumba classes are of the duration of an hour. If the body feels like unexhausted, “Listen to your body on whether you can do even more,” he suggests.
The benefits of Zumba have been so noticeable all around the globe that now the annual ZINcon takes place in the United States of America where Zumba instructors from all over the world reunite and attend classes, promoting this Latin based dance cum exercise form.
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