There’s a reason why over 10 million people all around the globe are into Zumba. Mix great, fast-paced music with cool, sexy dance moves and you have the perfect combination for a super-fun cardio workout.
Infusing salsa, samba, soca, merengue, mambo, and hip-hop dance moves with aerobic exercise routines, Zumba makes for an intense fitness program. While improving your cardiovascular system, it leads you to burn off 600 to 1,000 calories in a single session. And because you’re having such a good time unleashing your inner dance diva, you don’t really notice how much you’ve already worked out.
But the greatest thing about Zumba is: not only does it helps you shed unwanted weight, tone your whole body, and stay in tiptop shape, it also generally makes you happier and not just from seeing yourself transform into a fitter, more energetic, and more confident you.
Researchers from the University of Derby reported that nine weeks of salsa dancing resulted in an impressive boost in mood in depressed patients. While zumba is not salsa, the dance workout fosters the same elements that lead to a brighter, more positive disposition. Patients were exercising, meeting new people, and learning a new skill.
And because zumba makes you move it, move it, it helps trigger the release of those mood-lifting, happiness-inducing endorphins. According to some preliminary studies, it even activates the stress-regulating neuromodulator norepinephrine. So in a way, zumba is not only an amazing stress reliever, but it’s a stress preventer as well.
With all these amazing health benefits, it’s no wonder that zumba continues to be such a fitness craze. If you want to give this workout-that-does-not-feel-like-workout a try, or if you’re looking for some fresh moves, check out the video below. And if you feel you like doing more zumba, learn the basic moves in this guide. Take a look at this video and this video, too.
Have a great time and a great workout!
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