Do you have a love-hate relationship with the gym? Do you love the way you feel after a workout but absolutely dread the thought of exercise? Instead of giving up on your gym routine, why not spice it up with a Zumba class? Check out these reasons why Zumba is an amazing workout.
1. Major calorie burn
If you’re looking to make the most out of your gym time, Zumba is the workout for you. Zumba is the perfect combination of cardio and strength. While you may not be using weights during your class, you’ll be doing dozens of body weight squats and lunges. Calorie burn depends on a multitude of factors, including age, weight, gender, and effort. The more you lose yourself in the dance, the more calories you’ll burn. On average, women burn 350 to 650 calories per class.
2. Workout in disguise
Zumba is a great way to disguise your workouts. If you even remotely enjoy dancing, you’ll have so much fun that time will fly as you dance the hour away. Your gym time will fly by and you’ll look forward to having fun at the next class.
3. Total body toning
Have you ever watched Dancing with the Stars and wondered how the dancers got abs as flat as cookie sheets? Dancing works your entire body, including muscles you didn’t know you had. In each class, you’ll target your core, legs, and glutes while enhancing your flexibility. Although classic Zumba classes don’t target the arms, you’ll wake up your upper body more during this class than you would on the elliptical or treadmill.
4. Great for beginners
Did you know that most people are intimidated to take a group fitness class because they’re afraid they won’t be able to keep up? Zumba’s mission is to squash that fear. Zumba is so popular because it’s perfect for any age and fitness level. There’s always the option to modify moves if you’re a beginner, or make them more difficult if you’re a seasoned pro.
5. Fitness with friends
Let’s squash your fears right now. No one is judging you. Everyone was a beginner once so no one will care that you’re a little offbeat or two steps behind. Zumba is a cult classic because of the atmosphere it creates. Pretend that each class is a party and you’re surrounded by your friends as you groove to the beat. Many people who take group exercise classes make them an official part of their schedule, so you’ll see a lot of the same people week after week. Making friends at the gym will make you accountable for your next workout. Remember: fitness can be fun!
6. Improves coordination and endurance
Do you have two left feet? Don’t worry, we do too. Don’t let your lack of coordination hold you back from trying something new. Each song contains a series of repetitive moves, which after a few classes will seem like a piece of cake. Did you know that Zumba is famous for its awesome playlist? Most of the tracks are upbeat and fast-paced, so the first few classes might feel impossible to keep up. You’ll notice that with a little bit of practice, you’ll find yourself powering through where you were out of breath only a few weeks ago.
7. Confidence booster
Are you looking to be more comfortable in your own skin and rock confidence at the gym? Zumba can help you achieve that. After all, the class is really about dancing your heart out in a room of strangers. Once you get over feeling a little silly, you’ll be able to embrace your inner Beyoncé. Not only will your confidence skyrocket, but so will your mood. Exercise releases endorphins, the “feel good” chemicals in your brain.
8. Strengthens your heart
Most exercises at the gym make it difficult to obtain and maintain a target heart rate. The average tempo of each song is very fast, making it feel normal to move at a quick pace. Exercising at this target heart rate is aerobic exercise, which will strengthen your heart over a period of time.
9. Helps you lose weight
It’s no secret that regular diet and exercise will help you lose weight. The cardio aspect of Zumba will help you burn calories, while the strength moves will build muscle to burn calories at rest. If you want to get the most out of your workout, be sure to give each class your all and maintain a healthy diet.
10. Here, there, and everywhere
Zumba is one of our favorite workouts because you can literally do it anywhere. We promise you won’t have to look very hard to find a Zumba class near you. Another cool thing about Zumba? After you take enough classes, you’ll start to memorize the choreography to each song, and you can practice it anywhere. You don’t even need equipment!