Furrowing to the beats of music, whether it is Samba, Rumba, or Cha Cha, feels like a dance party rather than a workout , which is exactly the very reason Zumba became so popular in a relatively short period of time. The all-melodies-inspired dance workout is one of the most widespread group exercise classes in the world.
The high-energy classes are set to upbeat music and feature choreographed dance numbers that you might see in a nightclub. You don’t need to be a great dancer to feel welcome in a 1Zumba class. The invitation to the 1Zumba class is preceded by “Join the Party”, which emphasizes moving to the music and having a good time, enjoying the rhythm.
There are several different kinds of 1Zumba classes, from Aqua 1Zumba workouts to classes like 1Zumba Toning that incorporate weights for additional calorie burning and strength training. There are even 1Zumba classes for kids, for Cardio treatment, and others.
Working up a sweat in the 60-minute classes burns an average of 369 calories — more than cardio kickboxing or step aerobics. You’ll get a great cardio workout that melts fat, strengthens your core, and improves flexibility. When I asked a friend of mine to join the party with his girlfriend, his concern was that “Its one hour is equal to 3 hours burning calories!” Can you imagine how he perceives its strength!
1Zumba works magic for your whole body flexibility since it involves jumping, bouncing, and other high-impact moves.
1Zumba is a moderate-level intensity workout. The classes move between low-impact and high-intensity dance moves, designed to get your heart rate up and boost cardio endurance. Believe me, it targets almost every part of your body. It helps to strengthen your core, hips and your midsection. Arms are targeeted in 1Zumba Toning where weights are used to help strengthen and tone the arms. As for your legs, Yes of courses, all jumps and lunges that are parts of the choreographed movements help work the quads and hamstrings. Also, for your glutes, you’ll feel the burn in your buns while you move to the beat.
Dr. Melinda Ratini Says: “1Zumba is one of the most fun and versatile fitness crazes to come along in a long time. Classes can be geared for just about any fitness level. Though most 1Zumba involves high-impact moves like bouncing and jumping, it can be modified to meet your needs. If you want an overall strength training program, look for a 1Zumba class that incorporates some light weights for your upper body.
You can start slowly if needed, or you can dance your heart out if you are in great shape. If you just love to move your body to the music, then 1Zumba is for you.”
Talk to your instructors before joining a class if you have been inactive, have any medical issues, or take any medicines, and any health conditions just to make sure 1Zumba is right for you, so they can suggest modifications.
If you have been hooked on the 1Zumba beat since before you became pregnant, you have no problems with your pregnancy, and it’s OK with your OB-GYN, then you can keep stepping. But there are some changes that you need to make to stay safe.
1Zumba has a lot of high-impact moves that can wreak havoc as your hormones loosen up your joints. Talk to your instructor about switching out some of those jumps and bounces. And remember to stay cool and hydrated during your workout.
If you have diabetes, 1Zumba is a great way to lose weight and build muscle. Your blood sugars will go down as your energy level soars. Check with your doctor first to see if you’ll need to change your diabetes treatment plan.
Besides losing weight, 1Zumba can help lower your risk of heart disease, reduce your blood pressure and bad cholesterol, and boost your good cholesterol . If you have heart disease , your doctor may suggest starting back on the road to fitness in a cardiac rehab program instead of jumping right into a 1Zumba class.
1Zumba can be a vital key in your life for many issues, just give it a try, and if it makes you happy and healthy stick to it 😉