Imagine this scenario, you are up with groggy eyes at 5 o’clock, lazily and dreading your monotonous run across the park you reluctantly tie your shoes. You don’t want to talk about it right? Believe me, most of the people looking for fitness have been through this and the quest for something which will give the same results yet not be boring, repetitive and weather dependent leads us to what we know as Zumba.
Think of the word
Zumba and that itself sounds like a beat coming from a musical instrument. Explore the recesses of your imagination further and see yourself moving to the beats of a musical instrument, enraptured by its sound, floating on the waves emanating from it. And when this extends to others as well, grooving to the beats of music in tandem with others, that spells harmony! And what more could one want when this, apart from giving you unprecedented happiness and fun also gave you that perfect physique that you had always desired! It is so fun filled, therefore that nobody gets bored of it. Moreover, the presence of others often helps in driving you and encouraging you. All the various forms of dance moves used in this group exercise program are exciting, namely-Salsa, Flamengo, Merengue etc.
The thumping music to which you are doing your workout will make you feel as if you are in a dance party rather than an exercise regime. There are even classes to suit your taste like Aqua Zumba, Zumba toning etc. and some even designed for kids. To add to its merits stands the fact that it gives more strength to your core than cardio, kickboxing or step aerobics.
You will feel the strength of your heart boost up after going through the dance through its highs and lows. Though your back and arms may not get targeted toning and exercise, your core, legs, and glutes will see proven improvement
Where else can you find flexibility, the benefits of aerobics and strength improvement all rolled into one? Of course, if it’s just sporting that you are good at- you got to try elsewhere. So basically it is for you if you have the go-getter attitude and are a person of action.
Of course, there’s no free lunch in this world and these classes, training programmes will come at a cost. Do you want to save on costs? Fine, go for a DVD on Zumba and better still, share it with your friends. The classes are of course held at various places, with fixed dates and time for each batch and therefore planning would be easier. What is more, no special equipment is required.
An authentic medical source confirms that Zumba is your thing if you are looking for something fun-loving, flexible and yet give you all the benefits of a good workout. Of course, your medical condition (if there is one) warrants a pre-check from your certified physician.
Even if you are looking for just a light workout while grooving to the tunes of music, you have reached your destination. You want a chilled out morning or evening with friends and simultaneously wanting to have the satisfaction of not having let up on your fitness acumen, Zumba is just what the doctor ordered for you. You can have it in the privacy of your home or a friends place or a small hall rented for a group of friends or acquaintances.
Of course, before jumping directly to a DVD session it would be nice to attend a regular session with a proper coach who can answer your questions of whether it’s suited for you more readily as he/she will have a more direct peek into your medical past.
But hold on!! Do you have a medical condition like pregnancy or a hormonal problem or some problem with your joints? That’s where caution comes in with a capital C! You could probably continue to groove to Zumba beats if you have been doing so from before your pregnancy and your OB-GYN has no problem with it, but you will have to stop at a certain level. If you are a person with a joints pain problem and disorder, you definitely don’t want to rock those already jittery bones further! But like they say, there’s one for everyone so even if you have a handicap there will be wheelchair Zumba classes! Did I mention that this regimen was comprehensive??
So, pack your water bottles, grab your napkins, tie up the knots on your sneakers ( which are the only equipment required) and knock out that accumulating flab!!