Whenever someone talks about losing weight, images of intense workout, regular sweat out sessions at the gym or serious dieting comes to my mind. Until I came across Zumba.
For those who have not heard about it – Zumba is a form for exercise, which involves fun dance and aerobic moves. The program designed by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez, mixes moves of hip-hop, salsa, flamenco, merengue and many more dance forms with loud music. What is interesting, the dance form has evolved since the 1990s, every year in its yearly summit meet in Florida, the practitioners try to infuse other workout forms and make it attractive and more fun for all age groups.
So when you practice Zumba in a group or even alone, you feel as if it is more like a dance party. No wonder why this form of exercise has emerged as one of the most popular workouts across the world, including in India. There are millions of practitioners worldwide.
Why Zumba is a fun way to lose weight?
When you start practicing Zumba, you are advised to look “happy” and loud in “cheering” when performing the high energy workout. There is no strict dress code, you can practice with gym shoes or even in barefoot.
Zumba workout is unisex- yes men can join the fun sessions too. It is a popular workout regime for elderly age group people as well. The workout is good for elderlies as it swings between high to low-intensity workouts with breaks in between.
You might not be great in dancing, but the practitioners do not emphasize on perfect rhythm, all it is expected from a new starter is to keep moving to the tune of music.
Zumba is fun, as you can practice anywhere – you can access hundreds of videos on Youtube and Zumba website. You do not have to subscribe to an expensive gym membership. Learn the moves and start to get in the groove.
Usually, Zumba is practiced for one hour to forty-five minutes. It has been found that a 60-minutes workout can shed 369 calories, on an average.
The workout strengthens and tones midriff and hips. Leg muscles get strengthened as you constantly keep moving your legs during the workout. Zumba with its moves adds flexibility to the body.
And the most important part, as you smile and clap and cheer loudly during the workout, you feel energized and look happily drenched in this workout form.