Why the Zumba Workout Is Insanely Good Exercise

With its simple moves, emphasis on beats and rhythm, and numerous health benefits, it’s not surprising that everyone loves Zumba. Its choreography, based on elements from salsa, belly dancing, hip-hop, and samba, is easy to follow even for absolute beginners. This great exercise-in-disguise is especially appealing to those who dread going to the gym because the workout is simple, fun, and exciting. Here’s how Zumba can do wonders for your health and well-being.

1. Weight Management: Lose Those Extra Pounds And Excess Body Fat

This is the most obvious one! A 2015 study found that women who were obese and/or had type 2 diabetes lost about 2.5 pounds and decreased their body fat by 1% by doing Zumba just thrice a week for 16 weeks. Participants in the study enjoyed their workout so much that they made it a habit – something that’s a challenge for most people. They kept going, had fun, made friends, and reported that they didn’t consider Zumba to be hard work.

2. Physical Conditioning: Become More Supple And Strong

Zumba tones, tightens, and conditions your entire body and stretches your muscles – even ones you didn’t know you had! In a recent study, participants who did Zumba twice a week for just 8 weeks reported better trunk strength endurance or ability to use their abdominal and lower back muscles to support their bodies without feeling tired. Their dynamic balance also increased, allowing them to maintain better postural control when moving. They had a better quality of life overall.3

3. Heart Health: Keep Your Heart Strong And Prevent Cardiovascular Disease

Zumba makes for an excellent cardio workout because it is an aerobic exercise. Aerobic exercises like Zumba elevate your heart rate and breathing rate in order to pump more oxygenated blood to your body, which in turn strengthens your heart muscles. In fact, doctors often recommend Zumba classes to patients who need moderate aerobic exercise in order to maintain heart health and prevent the onset of heart disease.