What are the benefits of Zumba and how can it improve your health?
This week, we’re exploring the numerous benefits of taking part in Zumba – a popular, upbeat form of exercise.
What is Zumba?
Zumba is a high-energy, Latin-inspired form of exercise, usually practised in intervals. Dance moves are performed in time with upbeat music, working all your core muscle groups and raising your heart rate.
Zumba is a popular way for people of all ages to get fit, as it provides plenty of fun – you also don’t have to be a dancer to take part. Zumba is also an inclusive form of exercise; you can even adapt the moves for ‘chair Zumba’.
The Benefits of Zumba: Building Your Strength
Zumba is an upbeat workout, so it’s a great opportunity to get moving. This helps you to work a variety of muscles, particularly focusing on your legs and glutes.
It can help you to build up your overall strength, improving your balance and flexibility in the process.
The Benefits of Zumba: Improving Your Health
Zumba encourages you to move around quickly and energetically, which can increase your heart rate and get your blood pumping around your body.
It’ll help you feel good, too, since the subsequent release of endorphins provides an instant mood lift.
The Benefits of Zumba: Maintaining a Healthy Weight
Zumba is a great exercise for maintaining a healthy weight, as you’ll burn plenty of calories with the energetic movements.
As well as aiding fat loss, it will also help to increase your muscle tone, both of which can help to lower your cholesterol and leave you feeling strong and healthy.
The Benefits of Zumba: Improving Mental Health
Zumba is often practised in large groups, providing plenty of opportunities for socialising.
As it’s a light-hearted form of exercise, you’ll have fun with your new-found friends as you each learn all the moves.
Anyone can take part in Zumba; have a look in your local area for classes suitable for beginners, or, if you’d rather, you may find some videos online so you can practise at home before you join a class.
However, it’s always a good idea to check with your GP before undertaking any new forms of exercise.
If you’ve found this post on the benefits of Zumba helpful, why not read our previous article on small group activities for older adults?
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