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Published: November 20, 2016

5 Little Known Facts About Zumba Dance

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Zumba is one of the most famous dance cum fitness programs in the world with thousands of people joining the classes across different parts of the world.

The sheer success of this fitness program has created a craze in the world as more and more people are actually making efforts to join this fitness program to not only learn dance but also to get fit.

Before you join this program and start your fitness journey, here are some little-known facts about Zumba Dance which you should know:

1. Zumba Dance originated from Colombia

Zumba was first created by Alberto Perez during 1990s. Alberto is a Colombian dancer and choreographer who is currently living in California.

Alberto became a celebrity fitness trainer during 1990s and It was during one of his classes that he conceptualized the idea of combining aerobics with music and add some traditional Latin ingredients to this dance.

Alberto began selling DVDs of their program as infomercials in early 2000 and partnered with other people to popularize this program at the global level.

2. Zumba fitness program is for older people too

Traditionally, it is believed that any fitness program is for the young but Zumba is something which can be done by the people as old as 100 years.

The original Zumba program has different variations for the kids as well as old age people so don’t lose hope if you are older, you can still join Zumba program to burn calories as high as 1000 calories a day.

Just make sure you use comfortable clothing, use Zumba shoes and be more particular in diet and other routines. Wearing correct Zumba trainers provide you the required cushion to support when you land on the floor after your jumping sequences.

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Having Zumba gear and trainers is important for participants of all ages as otherwise you are not going to burn more energy.

3. Its effectiveness is not scientifically proven yet

Despite the fact that it is one of the most popular fitness programs, very little scientific research studies have been conducted to document the benefits of this program.

One famous study conducted on this program was from American Council on Exercise did indicate that participants burned 369 calories in one Zumba fitness class.

But there are very few studies which can prove the long-term benefits of this program. So if you are someone who tries everything on the basis of their scientific foundation, this program may not be for you as its benefits not yet finalized.

4. Zumba is a total body fitness program

If you are planning to join your Zumba fitness classes just because you want to tone your thighs or belly, you may not get more out of it.

Zumba is a total body fitness program so if you are already fit and want to simply tone specific parts of the body, this program will benefit you more.

5. It best works in groups

Zumba is considered as a dance party rather than a dance class. Dancing on the beat of salsa and other music, Zumba becomes much more effective if it is done in groups.

Doing it alone or on your own won’t give you results, therefore, it is always better to find the nearest Zumba fitness class or group to join. It is also a proven scientific fact that exercise, when done in groups, provide better results than done alone.

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Above are some simple facts you should know about Zumba to understand why this program is better for you and what you can do remain fit and healthy. But before you join this program, make sure you know as much as you can so that you can make the right investment of time and money.

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