Let’s get you started on Zumba with some interesting trivia—born in the 1990s in Colombia, Zumba was accidently created by a fitness trainer who forgot to bring the usual music for training. He played Latin music and manipulated his regular moves to teach the class a mix of salsa and rumba instead. Such a fun idea!

Eventually however, the dance form evolved to becoming a popular workout and here is everything you need to know about doing Zumba as a workout...

Why do Zumba?

This workout for at least 60 minutes can burn up to an average of 369 calories, which is way more than cardio, kickboxing or step aerobics. Zumba therefore is one awesome way to melt down fat, strengthen your core and improve flexibility.

There are different intensity levels which focus on different body parts. These sessions are also designed to get your heart rate up and boost cardio endurance which makes Zumba the most fun and versatile workout.

Zumba is reckoned as a panacea by health experts and has umpteen health-benefits that include weight loss, improved cardiovascular health, mood lift and it also works well for people in depression. Since most people connect through dance and music, Zumba becomes one happy workout.

Note: Consult a doctor if you have any medical issues or you are on medication. Also, don’t forget to tell your instructor about your medical condition.
 
Hips and abdominal workout
 

Hips and abdominal workout

Zumba is known to pay attention mainly to your hips and abdomen. It is also an amazing way to tone your thighs and butts. You may feel sore after the first couple of classes but keep going and you will feel better with each session.

Body workout
 

Body workout

The most important reason for you to try Zumba is that it is a full body workout. You won’t have to make certain days for different exercises because just one routine will do all the work.

Warm-up included
 

Warm-up included

Any exercise is incomplete without a warm-up, well Zumba routine has warm-up included. Gone are the days when you had to warm-up and then hit the machines. Zumba also includes cool-down exercises. This entire routine will help you built flexibility throughout the body.

Burns calories
 

Burns calories

Zumba trainers choreograph the class to provide intervals of fast movements that help in maximum fat burning. If you do this regularly you could burn calories faster than you do when you hit the gym.

For everyone
 

For everyone

Zumba is an ideal exercise for people of all ages. It improves cardiovascular health. It is said that high intensity physical activities are very important for good cardiovascular health and Zumba does just that.

Lifts your mood
 

Lifts your mood

Zumba releases endomorphins or the ‘feel good’ hormones. As it has dance moves, it leaves you with a sense of euphoria. Dancing is also recommended to cure depression.