Nine Reasons to Zumba
Posted 6/21/2017 by UHBlog
Looking for an invigorating energy shake? Try Zumba.
Zumba is a highly effective exercise program that combines aerobics and a fusion of Latin-inspired dance moves.
“In recent years, Zumba has zoomed in popularity,” says group fitness supervisor and certified Zumba instructor Tru Pace of University Hospitals Avon Health Center. “Exercising to Latin music like salsa, flamenco and merengue is so much fun it doesn’t feel like a workout. And Zumba’s repetitive dance moves make it easy for anyone to follow along. I agree with the quote, ‘In Zumba there are no wrong moves, only accidental solos.’”
According to Pace, Zumba is a great cardio workout that melts fat, strengthens your core and improves flexibility.
“At the Fitness Center at UH Avon Health Center, we offer regular Zumba and a modified Zumba Gold for active older adults,” she says.
Pace cites nine reasons why Zumba is winning over fitness enthusiasts worldwide:
- Torches calories – Zumba combines heart-pumping aerobic activity with interval training that alternates from high intensity to low intensity. On average, you can burn anywhere from 350 to 1,000 calories in a one-hour session. No wonder Zumba enthusiasts wear T-shirts that read: "Zumba sweat is fat crying.”
- Provides total body toning – In Zumba you engage your whole body from head to toe, incorporating fitness moves such as squats and lunges without even realizing it because you’re having so much fun moving to the music.
- Makes exercise fun – “When you’re having fun at your workout, you want to keep coming back,” says Pace. “A lot of people would not be working out on a regular basis without Zumba.”
- Relieves stress – Zumba engages the mind and body, allowing you to relax and enjoy the release of mood-enhancing endorphins.
- Is easily adaptable – Zumba moves can be geared to any fitness level, with everyone getting an equally good workout, she says.
“You don’t need to be a dancer or have natural rhythm to Zumba,” Pace says. “As long as your feet are moving and you’re having fun, that’s all that matters.”
Although most people can do Zumba, if you have chronic health problems or balance issues, you should check with a medical professional before taking Zumba or the less intense Zumba Gold.
“And feel free to communicate with your Zumba instructor if you need help adapting your Zumba moves,” she says.
- Gets people socializing – Zumba classes are a great way to have fun in a group.
“People attending Zumba classes at our Fitness Center have become such good friends that sometimes our sessions feel like one big dance party,” says Pace. “The best part is while doing Zumba, you forget you are even exercising.”
- Improves stamina – When moving to the beat of the fast track music, you can build muscle and cardiovascular endurance in only a few sessions. The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women, an initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health, endorses Zumba as a heart-healthy exercise program.
- Increases self-confidence – “Dancing and exercising to Zumba music gives you a complete sense of freedom and lowers your inhibitions,” says Pace. “And as you begin to reap the benefits of Zumba, you look and feel so much better.”
- Improves coordination – “Learning the dance choreography requires mental coordination, which keeps your mind sharp,” says Pace. “And Zumba movements also improve your sense of balance.”
Tru Pace is a certified Zumba instructor and head of group fitness at the Fitness Center at University Hospitals Avon Health Center. You can request an appointment with any health care provider online.