A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.
~ Paul Dudley White
If you want to find out how to learn Zumba then welcome to this short introductory post that will point in the right direction to Latin dance party fitness.
For those of you who might have stumbled across this post you might be wondering what the hell is Zumba anyway?
Well, Zumba promotes itself as the largest dance inspired fitness program in the world. Created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez in the 1990s it is a Latin dance inspired fitness program that makes working out and losing weight fun if you enjoy the idea of dancing your way to fitness.
Women especially seem to enjoy this type of fitness program but it is not solely for women. Men can get a great workout from it too.
Zumba is a fitness program that has the benefit of being available for you to do at home through home based DVDs that you can buy. You can also attend Zumba aerobic classes in many of the larger American cities so inquire around your local health clubs if that is your interest. Additionally, for those who own the Nintendo Wii, Zumba is available on that platform too.
A recent poll put the Zumba dance fitness craze at number 9 of the Top 10 Fitness Craze for the coming year. So with that kind of popularity you might like to give it a try.
The official Zumba website suggests that as many as 12 million folks of different ages and interests are getting fit by taking weekly Zumba classes in more than 110,000 locations now in 125 countries. That’s pretty quick growth considering Zumba only came to the US in 1999.
If you’d like to try Zumba as an option in your own home through the available DVDs or Wii dance game you can check them out here.
Zumba has 7 stages of fitness DVD workouts available for different fitness levels. From the basic ‘step by step’ through to and including stages like ‘ripped’, ‘exhilarate’ and ‘fitness concert’. Addtionally there are Zumba fitness DVDs for different types of people and situations like the Zumba Gold for older folks who want to get fit while getting their dance groove on. There is also ZumbAtomic a kids’ fitness program and Aqua Zumba for use in pools.
The best way to learn how to get fit with Zumba is to join a class or purchase some DVDs for yourself. Practice makes perfect and this is especially true with learning dance and in this case Zumba. Zumba is really a dance/aerobic mix.
The DVDs will help guide you through the moves and it won’t take you long to be grooving and bopping to the Latin salsa, merengue and other styles of music used in Zumba.
If you choose to go to Zumba classes at your local health club, you’ll find the instructors very helpful in helping newbies learn how to Zumba.
I would be remiss at my blog here about authentic living if I did not give you the usual caveat. That being, that just like I wrote about minimalist running shoes, you don’t need the latest fitness craze or DVDs including Zumba to get fit and healthy.
A well balanced plant based diet with some calisthenics or even walking about your neighbourhood for an hour a day will get you as healthy as you need for the benefits related to exercise.
Of course, if you want to find something fun and different and ramp up your level of fitness then of course Zumba amongst many other sports and fitness activities can get you there.