What is Zumba?
We like to describe Zumba as a fitness class cleverly disguised as a dance party – and that’s a good thing! While many people have trouble enjoying exercise, Zumba aims to bring the joy of fitness to everyone via rump-shaking & hand-waving.
Zumba has been incredibly successful since it’s creation, with 14 million people attending Zumba classes every week in over 185 countries. Originally from South America, the signature upbeat, Latin-club style music is energetic & infectious.
What are the benefits of Zumba?
- Zumba is great cardio! Few people can get off their butts and run for an hour straight, but put those same people in a one-hour Zumba class & they’ll complete it – with enjoyment!
- While all forms of exercise release feel-good endorphins in the brain, dancing for exercise has been shown to significantly reduce stress & depression.
- Boosts memory & creativity: Unlike other exercises, dancing requires a lot of mental work as well as physical work. Learning & remembering the moves, as well as creating your own, improves memory, creativity, and has been shown to reduce the risk of dementia in old age.
- It’s social! And being social is good if you have trouble sticking to an exercise plan. Exercising around other people has a “peer pressure” effect that discourages people from dropping out, and keeps you accountable week after week.
Want to try Zumba but don’t know where to start? Check out your gym class schedule- many of them offer Zumba classes weekly.
Join the party!