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City Gym: Why the Zumba Workout is Crucial for Mental, Body Health

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Work outing shouldn’t feel like a task; it should rather be fun and enjoyable.

With Zumba, a workout isn’t even a workout: it’s a fun, social dance party – with exercise being the biggest benefit.

The music is fast, upbeat and contagious, so you can’t help but keep moving.

And since it takes place in a group setting, Zumba is by far one of the best ways to get your friends in on your “exercise routine.”

James Oketch, the manager and chief instructor at The City Gym, says they align activities in a way that’s progressive and adaptable by every individual.

“We take the ‘work’ out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party,” he says.

“Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you’ll see why Zumba Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise,” he adds.

Below are some of the benefits of taking Zumba classes, more especially if you do it with experts at City Gym.

Calorie and fat burning

At its core, Zumba classes provide a large calorie burn through aerobic activity done with interval training in mind.

Experts say “the average person will burn around 600 to 1,000 calories in a Zumba class.”

To maximise fat-burning, classes provide for intervals of intensity in both pace of music and type of movements.

Fitness moves are also incorporated within Zumba dances, where fat beats segue into long, slow set of push-ups on the wall, or several sets of squats followed by plyometric jumps.

Improved coordination

By joining a Zumba class, you’ll definitely improve your coordination, which is extremely important to maintain as you grow older.

Full body workout

Zumba is both a dance class and a fitness class. Aside from its heart-health benefits, Zumba provides a workout for the whole body.

From head and shoulder rolls that loosen up the neck and warm up the upper body, to footwork that strengthens and stretches calves and ankles, this fitness method touches on nearly every muscle and joint.

Even those who are just learning the dance steps will find themselves waking up the day after a Zumba class with a definitive post-workout feeling.

Improved aerobic fitness

Zumba, Oketch argues, makes reaching your target heart rate much easier thanstandard workout routines you’d find on a DVD or in a gym.

“It does this by using songs that play around 145 beats per minute. This fast pace makes it feel natural to move around quickly,” he explains.

Exercising for prolonged periods at this rate can increase the strength of your heart.

Anaerobic benefits

Because Zumba’s music plays at a fast pace, moving to the beat of the music can start to build up your endurance after only a few workouts.

Peter Okello, a physiotherapist at Alpha Fitness Clinic in Wandegeya, says “Overall, it’s most useful for helping to maintain a good cardiovascular respiratory system.”

“It increases how much oxygen you can breathe during a high-intensity event,” he adds.

It gets you hooked on exercise

Workouts that feel like work are hard to get excited about. But Zumba is so enjoyable you actually want to keep coming back.

It completely changes the idea of exercise because it’s something you really look forward to. It will keep you on a healthy routine.

Increased confidence

Thanks to all that dancing that a Zumba workout requires, you’ll lower your inhibitions, you’ll improve your posture, you’ll have better coordination and you’ll feel good about yourself.

These changes will reflect immediately on your mood and on your appearance. Someone who feels good also has greater confidence.

Mood boosting

Zumba is the perfect workout to take if you want to get rid of all that stress you accumulate during your every day.

The upbeat moves specific to this type of workout favor the release of those mood-improving endorphins, and by joining a Zumba class, you’ll surely be able to feel your worries melt away as you lose yourself in the music.

It’s social

At a Zumba class, you’ll be able to meet and interact with interesting and fun people.

You could go to this type of workout for at least two or three times per week and you’ll get to socialize and make a lot of new friends among your Zumba classmates.

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