What is Zumba?
Zumba is exercising regime that created in mid 90’s and consists of aerobics and different kinds of dances. In the beginning people danced to samba, rumba and salsa. Nowadays, other genres such as jazz or hip hop for example are used in classes too. It also contains elements of martial arts and resistance training.
Zumba classes are divided into nine different types, regarding the age and physical vigor. Zumba Gold has classes for elderly people, Zumba Step has accent on legs and gluteus, Zumba Toning is done with toning sticks, Aqua Zumba is practiced in a swimming pool, Zumba Kids is for kids to the age of twelve. So, it is possible for the people of all ages to practice it. It is known as a fun way to burn some calories with moving music in the background and it does not require any dance experience.
Classes are one hour long and start with warming up, for the purpose of preventing muscle pulls and end with stretching out in order to decrease inflammation. More often than not people discard those parts of training as insignificant. If not done properly, your cheerful dancing classes can end with serious injuries that will prevent you from exercising for some time. So the next time you try to skip warming up and stretching out, think about it twice.
Zumba classes are place when people of all age and body configuration can be seen. So it is a perfect spot for those who are overly self-conscious about their looks and because of that do not go to the gym or any other type of exercising. People who attended classes say that they are healthy environment with a happy atmosphere, so apart from physical; Zumba has psychological impact on people too.
Does Zumba help you lose weight?
The answer to this question is yes without thinking. Everybody knows that the best way to lose some weight is doing cardio-vascular exercises, such as running. It is important that your body is in movement and burns calories, and it is your decision how. So it doesn’t matter whether you choose to do it on a treadmill in a gym, running in the park or dancing in Zumba class. And the dancing is what makes it easier to bare, and because people are having fun they do not realize how much of an effort they make. That is what keeps them coming back- it is hard to find those two in a combination.
How effective Zumba classes can be depends on how fit the person is and how intense the workout is. Dancing to the same song at a class can be extremely tiring for one person and very easy for another one. So normally, they don’t make the same effort during it and hence do not get the same outcomes. During the one hour of class 500 – 800 calories can be burned.
How does Zumba help you lose weight?
Working out in a group is more stimulating than working out alone. The group motivates you to keep up with them, so it is more likely that you will give your best in a class than if you exercise from home alone. It is in human nature to be competitive and to try and not feel like the worse one in a group. Of course, that doesn’t mean that exercising alone is not productive. It also does not mean that you can’t organize your own Zumba class with your friends and exercise together to an online tutorial.
Attending classes on regular basis is important for results to be seen in the shortest time possible. It is therefore recommended to attend classes at least three times a week. The number of them can be raised after sometime, when you gain more strength and become more fit. The body should be slowly introduced to this new routine. It is important to see those classes as part of your normal life, like going to a store to pick up some milk. That way you will become more comfortable with exercising.
Proper nutrition is of a great importance in every weight-losing program and Zumba is not an exception. You should have regular meals and drink lots of water and fluids that do not contain sugar. You should try and make each of your meals full of proteins, which mean consumption of chicken, fish, beef, poultry, dairy, eggs. Vegetables should make an addition to every meal too. Food with high percentage of carbohydrates is something you should avoid. You should also stay away from junk food and candies. Replace them with fruit – they are much healthier and full of vitamins and water. Your body needs fats too, healthy fats like fish oil and olive oil slow down digestion.
You should eat regularly and the best way to do it is not to eat when you are hungry but on a timetable, it would be optimal on every three hours. Breakfast is the most important meal and it should not be skipped. It is also necessary to eat after workout so you could recover the energy you have just spent while exercising. The more often your trainings are, the more important it is to eat after them. It doesn’t have to be a full meal, and for the matter of fact it shouldn’t. The goal is to help your body regain strength and not to fill your belly the minute you exit a gym.
A common misconception is that you have to eat less if you want to lose weight. All you have to do is to eat healthy. You do not have to visit the nutritionist to do so, although it surely helps. There are many online calorie counters that will help you keep a track on your nutrition mode. That way you can know the number of calories food you eat has.
Reduce the consumption of alcohol and cigarettes to a minimum. Utilization of cigarettes displaces oxygen in your blood, which is supposed to be used to be delivered to muscles. The lack of oxygen results with poor physical endurance and that means that smokers benefit less from training. They are also prone to heavy breathing and fatigue after it. Alcohol contains large amounts of calories you will spend days dancing in classes trying to burn. It also has that impact on the body that it reduces the amount of fat your body can burn.
You should measure your weight before starting the training, so you can check out your progress. Seeing how much you have accomplished can be a great motivation. After the first significant results you can set a goal for a small period of time. That way you will have to stick to your nutrition regime and regularly attend classes, so as not to feel like you have failed.
Zumba classes are a great choice for anybody that wants to keep fit. It offers you an opportunity to lose a considerable amount of calories during a just one hour of exercising. It gives you an opportunity to drop excess fat while dancing and having fun. So what are you still waiting for?