6 Reasons Behind The Rise Of Zumba

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6 Reasons Behind The Rise Of Zumba

Have you ever seen a large group of people dancing passionately to the music with movements similar to doing an Aerobics exercise? Well, it may seem rare now to witness such a sight when all of the gyms in Australia are closed due to the Covid-19 lockdown order. However, the restrictions are being lifted little by little because the situation has been getting better. Therefore; by the time lockdown is over, exercise classes will be flooded with people who want to maintain their figures or shed a few extra pounds they packed on when staying home.

Zumba is a fitness program invented during the 1990s by a Colombian dancer and choreographer named Alberto Perez. The main benefit of Zumba is to improve your physical health and mental health. Perez created Zumba when he forgot to bring his regular music to his Aerobics class and decided to dance to the Latin dance music (Salsa and Merengue) on his cassette tapes instead.

A Zumba program features movements inspired by a variety of dance styles originated from Latin America. Zumba is performed to music from different genres such as salsa, mambo, flamenco, chachacha, reggaeton, samba and hip hop. Zumba has slowly become a top fitness trend, popular around the world.

But is practising Zumba any good in burning calories, toning the arms and sculpting the muscles? Let’s discover the surprising benefits of Zumba with us!

Weight loss

Zumba is a total body cardio and aerobic workout, which leads to a huge amount of calorie consumption. While following the instructed dances and moving to the rhythm of the music in a Zumba class, you actively participate in high-intensity aerobic and cardiovascular exercise that targets your whole body. According to a study, an average person burns around 9.5 calories per minute in a standard Zumba class. This means that joining a one-hour Zumba session can help you burn from 300 to 900 kcal, depending on the intensity level of the workout. Therefore, Zumba is a very effective workout that can help you burn a lot of calories, promoting healthy weight loss and fat loss.

Fixing your posture and toning your body

Zumba consists of specifically designed aerobic moves with a wide range of motion to keep the different muscle groups on your body engaged as you dance to the beat of the workout. The variety of movements and stretches helps you gain better awareness of your body. As you are getting more familiar with the workout, Zumba will improve your flexibility as well as strengthen your joints and muscles. You will also achieve greater core strength and a well-toned body. The new perception and physical conditioning of the body that you gain from Zumba will improve your posture and coordination, helping your body return to its original balanced and graceful state.

Better endurance and a healthier heart

In a standard Zumba lesson, your body gets accustomed to constant movements and exercises similar to when you do an intense cardio workout. Over time, your heart and lungs become more efficient in delivering oxygen-rich blood to the body, helping you push your limit and enhance your endurance for future physical activities. Practising Zumba can help lower your heart rate at rest and systolic blood pressure, resulting in better cardiovascular fitness.

A happy & healthy life with refound confidence

Your brain chemistry changes quite a lot when you exercise. During a workout, more serotonin is released into the body. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter associated with the feelings of well-being and happiness, which can help lower the risk of depression. Other chemical changes also occur, some of which can improve your cognitive function. Fun and enjoyable workouts like Zumba can encourage you to engage in physical exercises regularly, which leads to better mood and less chance of developing mental disorders such as anxiety or depression. Practising Zumba can also help you relieve stress effectively. On top of that, Zumba can boost your confidence level and reduce your negative body image. When you look at yourself in the mirror and see the positive changes in your body, thanks to Zumba, you will definitely feel a refreshing sense of achievement.

It suits everybody

Zumba is easy, engaging and adaptable to any fitness level and age group. Because Zumba offers different options, proponents of the Zumba program claim that it is safe for all ages. From young children to the elderly, most age groups can participate in this form of aerobic exercise. Some of the classes are specifically aimed at elderlies, to help them build strength, improve motion and posture, and socialise. There are often standard classes that allow people of different ages, abilities, and goals to participate, and they are easily accessible anywhere at most gyms, fitness centres, or with a personal coach.

Sociability

Instead of the usual boring work out on your own, Zumba is engaging and highly enjoyable. Your mind is distracted by the fun, music, and rhythm. You can feel connected to the class’s vibe and energy level, excitement, enthusiasm. Zumba class is a great environment to socialise and make new friends. Zumba is also fun to do with your friends and family members. With this unfortunate Covid-19 lockdown situation, why not try it at home through instructional videos. It will be a fun, enjoyable family bonding activity together, and also a great way to get your kids started exercising.
So, are you and your family ready for some Zumba now? Let’s get started! Don’t forget to share with us your journey via email or comment down below!

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