Zumba is one of the recent crazes to enter the fitness world. It is marketed as a way to get into shape while having fun at the same time. Does this exercise-dance class have the same benefits as the traditional aerobic routines you have done in the past? Is there merit to the fun part of exercise promoted in the marketing advertisements? The answer to these questions is a very strong “YES”.
Zumba involves dance like moves done to movement inspiring Latin music. The routines rev up your heart rate, and allow you to move your limbs for strengthening. Another very positive byproduct of the work out is the dance component. Dance moves involve thinking and remembering. When your brain is processing and learning the steps, it is actively involved in attention, focus, strategic planning and problem solving. This brain activity results in positive changes that will exercise your brain, preventing age related decline in functioning. Exercising in groups and social settings also encourages positive brain changes, which enhances brain health maintenance. Great music added to the mix helps mood and boosts a sense of wellbeing. The combination of all of these effects is a great cardiovascular work out, strength and balance training, mood enhancement and optimal brain functioning . That’s a fantastic workout that is hard to beat.
“Zumba” for good health.