Zumba is an increasingly popular form of training around the world. It was created quite accidentally in the nineties, in Colombia. One fitness instructor took the Latin music he listened to in his usual training session. From the very beginning, his group reacted to fast and hot Latin rhythms, so he decided to turn this training into something unusual. He removed the restrictions of traditional practice and danced just like in the club. His class followed, and with sounds of salsa and rumba, they ended the class sweat and happy.
Guided by the experience of this group that had a time of their lives, in the gym, Zumba training was formed – the party while practicing. Many practitioners share that this is an ideal solution for those who do not like conventional training, difficulty exercising, and machines. But, even if for the observer, everything looks so beautiful and comfortable, don’t be fooled. Zumba is a serious cardio training that involves immense burning and requires a proper form.
Zumba classes have one first condition – loud music. Usually, these are summer fast Latin hits, but they can be sounds of rumba, samba or some other energetic dance. For example, there is a version of Hindu Zumba, unusually exciting and exotic, where practitioners actually dance with sounds like in Bollywood, and the movements look like the traditional Hindu dance.
Exercise mainly involves slightly simpler dance movements from the hips and counting steps, along with the rhythm given by the instructor. These moves contribute to decent sweat and fat burn to the extent that you are, for example, driving a bicycle intensely.
Physical benefits of Zumba
A study by Dr. Coooper with the University of Georgia is concerned with the impact of Zumba on humans. Sports experts measured the results of a group of middle-aged women who took Zumba classes. Statistics have shown that 40-minute training can burn about 370 calories and slightly more than calories in minutes. It’s roughly the same amount that you would do if you were running slowly or cycling at 15 miles per hour over the same time.
About 80% of the maximum number of heartbeats was measured, and 60% V02 poppy, which is a measure of oxygen used during exercise.
What makes Zumba particularly suited is that it does not require much force for the spine or joints. There are no big weights, heavy equipment. No need for any special skills, just a sense of rhythm. Classes involve a lot of obese people, especially women in the middle ages. The study showed that Zumba can have a lot of health benefits for people with diabetes. It can help them to get rid of excess pounds. Three times a week for 4 months, they lost an average of 2.5 pounds and reduced body fat by 1%.
Exercise can be especially useful for elderly people who can work or more intensively train, have a spine injury, or other problems with bones and joints. There are also scaled versions of Zumba can help older people to maintain cardiovascular fitness. More broadly, a multitude of evidence suggests that dance can help older people maintain balance and coordination, reducing the risk of falls.
Mental Health and Zumba
Perhaps the most essential truth of this type of training is that everyone likes it. Even those who avoid exercise, always keep on Zumba classes. Why?
– Mood boost. First of all, music influences our mood. We know that Latin America is the area from which happy and fast rhythms come, which will force everyone to move their feet.
– Choreography. Learning choreography involves progress. Every next Zumba class, you are better, know the movements, and everything looks smooth. This is causing people not to give up but to practice more.
– Affiliation to the group. And if everyone will play for themselves and follow their possibilities, Zumba is not individual training. Generally, in every class, you will find a permanent team, which brings together choreography together. These people, whether they count three or thirty while enumerating the steps and moving in the rhythm, share the same vibration. And the feeling of belonging is lovely, indeed.
– Feels good. Getting into the groove has never been your thing when you went out for night clubs. You’ve never felt confident enough to show your dancing skills. Zumba has nothing to do with your natural talent. Here you can suck. It is necessary to keep up with the steps and to count. So you will relax more efficiently, and in the end, you may realize – all this time, you knew how to dance. As long as the feeling in you is right.
– Zumba is fun. At the end of a busy day, you can afford a little laughter and fun, plus doing something for your body, that is a winning combination. All those who attend classes may say they were tired, sweated, left breathless, but will never say that it was difficult and that they did not have fun.
– Zumba training is liberating and reinforcing. You need to let go. Just as some people with anxiety take improvised classes to alleviate their social skittishness, dancing around other people can help Zumba enthusiasts feel less shy or self-conscious about their bodies.
In the end, Zumba practice can never be compared to demanding training courses like CrossFit or Weight Lifting. But, not all people are born for CrossFit. Some are born to move their hips and sweat in the rhythm of the most beautiful summer melodies. As long as it makes them healthy and happy, there is no better place to be.