Wednesday, September 3, 2014
YOUR LIFE A-Z: ZUMBA
ZUMBA began by accident when Beto Perez was teaching an aerobics class and forgot his music. After digging around in his bag he pulled out a CD of Latin beats. The class loved moving to the music and thus the rage began (source Web MD by Samataro). The great thing about ZUMBA is that you do not have to practice any choreographed dance steps but can allow your body to feel the music and move to the music, keeping pace with the rapid Latin beat. ZUMBA can be done in the privacy of your own home for thirty minutes prior to stepping into the shower in the morning or you can join a ZUMBA group at a local gym. You usually don’t have to worry about injuring your back or overworking a muscle group. However, if you have healthy issues that concern you about physical exercise by all means obtain your doctor’s permission. Also, reportedly ZUMBA burns more calories in an hour than an intense yoga class or other aerobic exercises and the added bonus is that the time flies by. Walking or working out on a machine such as a treadmill or an elliptical can be an hour of pure will power where a ZUMBA class moves fast and the time flies right by. The exhilaration and energy you feel as a result of letting your body move empowers you for a longer period of time post workout. If you are exercise phobic, try downloading some Latin music and dancing to it in the privacy of your own home.