Are you looking for a calorie incinerator that’s both helpful and lots of fun? Then Zumba is the workout for you!
There are two things that you need to do in order to get fit and lose weight. The first is to reduce the amount of food that you eat and the second is to increase the amount of exercise that you do. This can take any form as long as you raise your heart rate enough so that enough calories can be burned off which will result in a steady weight loss.
The good news is that because you can pick and choose the type of exercise you do, you can choose something that you really enjoy which should help you to stay on schedule and get fitter week by week. If you want to try a form of exercise that doesn’t really feel like exercise, you should try out a dance class and the perfect form that is suitable for all levels is a Zumba Dance class.
What is Zumba Dance?
Zumba Dance is a Latin-style based workout with easy-to-follow dance steps to Spanish-style beats. This means that all the movements involved in the exercises encourage the shimmy and the swaying of the hips. The music that is used would be similar to the tunes that you would hear playing in any hip salsa nightclub or bar.This makes the workout fun - but what really makes it great is that it burns anywhere from 300-1000 calories per hour alone, depending on your body type.
The word ‘Zumba’ derives from a Columbian phrase that means to move quickly and have fun. Zumba Dance uses exciting and up-beat music with a cardiovascular exercise regimen. This creates aerobic dancing that is easy to learn, burns lots of calories, and tons of fun.
Zumba Dance is More Fun than an Aerobics Class
The ethos behind the Zumba phenomenon is that the instructor strips away the structure and regiment that is usually found in a normal aerobics class. The idea is to pick up the routine from the teacher by watching closely and following the beat of the music. The basic movements are repeated several times and once the teacher is aware that the class has got it, he or she will add additional arm or leg movements. The dance will start out at a fairly low impact level but will advance to a higher impact with the introduction of jumps and leaps.
A Zumba Dance class will definitely get you breaking into a sweat in no time at all and as long as you are a fan of South American music you will feel like you have been transported to a nightclub.
Zumba is becoming increasingly popular with people of all ages and sizes. When dancing during a Zumba class, it’s so easy to forget that you’re even burning any calories. This makes you able to exercise longer and, in turn, burn more calories.
If you’re wondering what exactly a Zumba class is like, it’s a combination of many things. It last about an hour to an hour and a half and it intertwines several different dancing styles.
The most popular are salsa, reggae, mamba, and merengue. Depending on what kind of instructor you get, he or she may or may not incorporate belly dancing into the class as well - which helps tone up your abs.
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The Dress Code for a Zumba Class
One of the greatest advantages of doing a Zumba class is that you do not have to go anywhere near a Lycra leotard or leggings unless you want to. The relaxed atmosphere of this type of exercise program means that you can turn up in a pair of comfortable jogging pants and a T shirt and start dancing. As you get more comfortable and confident, you may want to show of your developing abs by wearing a cropped top but this is not necessary at all.
How to Find a Zumba Dance Class in Your Area
If you are interested in trying a Zumba fitness class, the easiest way to find out if there is a teacher in your area is to contact your local gym or to look online and do a search for Zumba classes in your town.
Zumba DVD Alternative
If you can not find a Zumba class near you, a Zumba DVD is an alternative solution. You can order a Zumba Fitness set which is available as a DVD box set collection as well as a software program for Xbox, and Nintendo Wii.
Three popular Zumba products are Zumba Exhilarate Body Shaping DVD Set, Zumba Fitness Incredible Results, and Zumba Fitness World Party. You can see some product highlights in the table below. Click the green buttons to read the full reviews.
Zumba Fitness Incredible Results
4 Versions of Set
6 - 12 Workouts
Program & Nutrition Guides
3 Music CDs *
Cookbook + Tote Bag *
* In Ultimate DVD Kit
Zumba Exhilarate Body Shaping DVD Set
2 Toning Sticks
Covers salsa, calypso, hip-hop, belly dance, and more all in one Zumba set.
Zumba Fitness World Party
Video Game Version available for Xbox One, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii
Over 40 Routines
Over 30 different styles of dance including salsa, calypso, Irish step, blues, and more.
If your goal is to get fit and healthy, then taking a Zumba Dance class two or three times a week - or buying a Zumba DVD and "dancercizing" at home - combined with a healthy eating program, will definitely help you shed some weight so that you achieve your ultimate weight loss target.
Although Zumba is super-fun and high energy, don’t think that it will be easy by any stretch of the imagination. Zumba is a full body workout and you’ll feel it the next day. If you have a lot of energy and enjoy learning dance moves, this is the fitness regimen for you.