Be Happy, Feel Beautiful
It seems the Zumba phase has been trending quite a bit on the social networks and celebrity Twitter feed. Like most workout trends Zumba is highly intense, you will sweat and you will be sore. So what makes it so different from hot yoga, or just hitting the gym three times a week? Dancing! Sure, you could just take a dance class but the Zumba work out is unlike any other. Every class feels like a party, and as I found out for myself every class leaves you full of joy. Still curious about Zumba? Here are some things you should know and can expect from a Zumba class.
What is Zumba?
Zumba is a fitness class that combines dance and fitness moves. Inspired by Latin dance and music, Zumba uses a variety of styles in its routines, including Cumbia, Merengue, Salsa, Reggaeton, Mambo, Rumba, Flamenco, and a Hip hop. Music selections include both fast and slow rhythms to help tone and sculpt the body. You could burn between 350 to 900 calories per class. However, it all depends on how much you are willing to work.
It is not a dance class
if you’re looking for a class to show you how to perfect your favorite dance moves and pick up some new ones then Zumba is not for you. Zumba is not strict on where to place your feet and how to practice 8 counts. Sure, there is music, and of course there is an instructor teaching you what to do but you can move and your own pace and interpret the moves however you would like.
What type of music is it?
Sometimes it depends on the instructor. For the most part, Zumba has mixed versions of many different songs. Some might be what you currently hear on the radio, others might be Salsa, Bachata, Samba, or Merengue which is all latin music. Don’t be discouraged by this, all you have to do is follow the instructor. Whatever song it is, it is sure to get your body moving and your heart thumping.
What do I wear to Zumba?
You can wear any type of fitness clothes including sweat pants, shorts, tank tops, t-shirts; anything comfortable and cool. As for shoes, wear cross-trainers or dance shoes – anything that will give you support. Just keep in mind, if your shoes “looks like a tire” on the bottom (e.g., running shoes), do not wear them in class. You take the chance of injury to your knees, since you will be doing a lot of side to side moves.
How will I see and improvement in my mood?
Dancing is a form of exercise as it involves body steps and routines. But why does it make you happy? Here’s why – exercising stimulates the production of endorphins which are the ‘feel good’ chemicals that brighten up your mood. Through a dance-fitness program, you are able to release stress through physical exertion and regulated breathing. It also boosts blood circulation which improves your health.
Try a class today! Most instructors encourage one free trial class before you commit to a weekly routine. So, what have you got to lose?