Zumba is a popular type of group exercise class that has grown in popularity in the recent years. This class incorporates a number of different types of traditional dances into a fun, group exercise class format. No matter if you want to improve your cardiovascular system, lose weight, improve your coordination, or boost your mood, Zumba dancing may be just what the doctor ordered!
Improved Cardiovascular Health
One of the best fitness benefits associated with Zumba dancing is an improvement in your cardiovascular health. Your cardiovascular system is composed of your heart, as well as the veins and arteries that deliver blood to and from the heart. When this system is weak, you may experience symptoms such as weakness, shortness of breath, fatigue, and an inability to perform the daily activities of life. In addition to these symptoms, a weak cardiovascular system can, in some cases, cause heart attacks or even death. Research has found that one of the best ways to improve the condition of your cardiovascular system is by performing physical activity that stresses the heart, such as walking, swimming, or Zumba dancing. For best results, try to get at least 30 minutes five days a week.
Another great fitness benefit associated with Zumba dancing is weight loss. This is one of the most common reasons that people choose to join group exercise classes such as Zumba. As stated above, Zumba is a type of cardiovascular exercise, and research has found that participating in cardiovascular exercise is the best way to lose weight. For best results, try to track how many calories you burn during the workout, and use this to maximize your weight loss. For example, in one pound of fat there is 3500 calories. Therefore, if you want to lose one pound of weight per week, you must cut 500 calories from your diet per day. For the average person, engaging in Zumba dance for one hour will burn approximately 400 calories. Therefore, in order to reach your goal, you must cut an addition 100 calories from your diet.
Zumba dancing is also a great way to improve your coordination. Having a good sense of coordination is very important, especially as you age. Falls among the elderly are one of the leading causes of death. Therefore, if you can improve (and maintain) your coordination as you age, you will be less likely to fall victim to these types of accidents.
Finally, research has found that all types of exercise produce endorphins, which are a type of “feel-good” hormone that are released into the blood stream after you finish exercising. People who suffer from bouts of depression are often encouraged to participate in physical activity in order to benefit from these hormones. Studies have discovered that for the highest amount of endorphin release, you must participate in cardiovascular exercise, such as dancing.