Zumba has been gaining popularity in the world of health and fitness. It has already been predicted that this dance workout will be among the top 10 fitness trends in 2012.
Zumba is a dance fitness that is really entertaining and is enjoyed by all ages. More than ten million people are currently enrolled in the program all over the world.
This Colombian dance helps those people who would like to lose weight. Zumba is a combination of aerobic and dance steps from salsa, samba, merengue, hip hop and mambo.
Zumba is from a Colombian word that means “to move fast and have fun”. It can burn 500-1000 calories in an hour depending on the performance of an individual. It also helps improve flexibility, tone, posture and balance.
The first Zumba dance steps were choreographed by Alberto “Beto” Perez in year 1990. It all began when Perez forgot his aerobic music tape for his aerobics class. So what he did was used Latin music on that daywhich everyone enjoyed.
Each Zumba class usually last for an hour and consists of exercises accompanied by slow and fast music. All instructors must first get a licence from the Zumba Academy before teaching the fitness program.
Health Benefits of Zumba
- Helps in losing weight
- Improves cardiovascular strength
- Improves mood and releases stress
- Tones all muscles specially in hips, thighs and abdomen
- Leaves a good feeling or liveliness after doing the dance
- Tones the torso area
- Sculpts the arms, thigh, and hips
Zumba is not only a form of exercise but also a great way to enjoy every beat and every step with the benefits of losing weight.
Popular Worldwide Fitness Programs
1. Educated, certified and experienced fitness professionals
2. Strength training
3. Fitness programs for older adults
4. Exercise and weight loss
5. Children and obesity
6. Personal training
7. Core training
8. Group personal training
9. Zumba and other dance workouts
10. Functional fitness