Benefits of Zumba

Benefits of Zumba

What Is Zumba?

Zumba is a sports discipline taught in directed classes in which aerobic exercises are performed to the rhythm of Latin music (merengue, samba, reggaeton, cumbia, and salsa) to lose weight fun way and improve the mood of athletes.


At the end of the 1990s, Colombian Alberto Pérez developed this sports philosophy that combines physical conditioning, entertainment, and dance culture to promote exercise. Today, Zumba fitness is one of the most popular and is practicing in more than 185 countries.


The key for athletes to lose weight (in one class, they can eliminate between 300 and 800 calories) is that during the 60 minutes that lasts a session mixes fast and slow rhythms with series of exercises, with which, in addition, the athlete tones the muscles. Zumba classes are aimed at everyone, regardless of sex or age, and do not require prior preparation.



Types of Zumba


It is the first version of this discipline, the simplest, and taught with primary Latin rhythms. It combines low and high-intensity movements to burn calories without even realizing it. You will keep your body active and improve your heart health.


Zumba Toning

If you want to burn calories, lose weight and tone your muscles, this is the Zumba that suits you. Zumba Toning Sticks are used to practice it, that is to say, weights or light dumbbells that move as if they were maracas and with which you will tone your arms.


Zumba Kids and Zumba Kid Junior

In this version for children, there are two differentiations, Zumba kids for children between 7 and 11 years and Zumba kids junior for those little ones in the house between 4 and 6 years. In addition to the primary rhythms in this variety, we find more urban sounds, games, activities, cultural exploration elements, and traditional steps are added to other cross-cutting concepts such as group work, coordination, discipline, and confidence. In other words, in addition to exercising, specific, fundamental values are worked on at this age.



If your child is even younger, but you also want him/her to be immersed in the Zumba party, there is a class for him/her called Zumbini, and it is developed for children between 0 and 3 years old. In this case, since the children are so young, it is a CD with a book of stories that helps them enter the world of music and interact with their parents in a fun moment.


Aqua Zumba

To practice this type of Zumba, you must be over 14 years old. Its peculiarity is to perform the routines in the water, so the physical effort and calorie burning are more significant. In addition, the impact on the joints is reduced; it is ideal for increasing the level of difficulty.


Zumba Gold and Zumba Gold Toning

This variety of Zumba is specifically designed for older people and features exercises and routines adapted to their mobility and physical endurance. The movements help improve balance, coordination, and range of motion and strengthen muscles and cardiovascular health. The Toning variable adds dumbbells to the exercises and added difficulty.


Zumba Step

Perform the dance choreographies going up and down the small step. You'll increase the intensity, burn lots of calories and tone your legs and abs even more.


Zumba Sentao

In this case, the element that comes into play in the fun choreographies is a chair, which will become your new dance partner. With this high-intensity practice, you will define your muscles, burn many calories per session and improve your cardiovascular health.


Benefits of Zumba

Whichever type of Zumba you choose, you will reap great benefits from its practice. Like any discipline based on aerobic exercises, these have excellent effects on our body and organism. Among them are, mainly, weight loss through calorie burning and improving our physical condition and tone.


Such are its properties in countries like the United States. It has become a fashionable practice among young people and is already advocated as a critical tool to combat childhood obesity. It has the great advantage that there is a modality for each age, so that from young children to the elderly can practice and benefit from it. 


Remember that dancing positively affects the nervous and cardiovascular systems; it also acts as a powerful antidepressant. So, here are 10 benefits of this incredible routine.

  • An excellent calorie burner: With this routine, fat loss increases because you can eliminate between 300 and 800 calories per session.
  • Body toning: The rhythm of the music and the aerobic exercises will help strengthen your arms, legs, buttocks, and abs.
  • You don't get bored: The importance of this one is to avoid boredom, so you don't give it up. One of the benefits of Zumba is that it completely changes the idea of sport, thanks to the music used to practice it; it mixes Latin and current sounds such as reggaeton, salsa, cumbia, flamenco, merengue, calypso, rumba, and samba, among others.  
  • It makes people happy: Regularly, the exercises stimulate a good mood by combining fun rhythms with easy movements, which require coordination of arms and feet.
  • Releases tension: By performing the different dance steps, it increases the levels of various hormones and substances such as endorphins, which stimulate good mood and relaxation
  • Works for all ages: People of any age are welcome; there are programs for everyone, including a practical and stimulating workout, regardless of one's physical condition.
  • You achieve terrific results in a short time: If you are consistent in using this technique, you will be able to avoid overweight and obesity; you will also have a well-shaped and healthy body.
  • Sociability: Practicing this discipline helps you to meet people, or you can go with your friends.
  • Increases tolerance to the accumulation of lactic acid: Have you ever, while exercising, had the burning sensation when your muscles get tired? With this technique, you will forget about it because it decreases the production of lactic acid.
  • It's everywhere: You can find this discipline in every city, so if you go on vacation and miss exercising, we assure you that you can find a class without problems.

Zumba steps are very simple so that you can perform them in a gym or through videos. In addition, it is not an extremely strict discipline in terms of steps; what counts is to have a good time, release tension, stress and burn calories.


Practice Zumba

Zumba sessions usually last between 45 minutes and an hour approximately, and the cost of these sessions will depend on the price of the monthly fee of the sports center where they are given since, in general, they are included within the offer of guided activities of the gyms and not as remote sessions. Participants practice choreographies based on songs in styles such as salsa, merengue, mambo, tango, rumba, chachacha, cumbia, and reggaeton. It is recommended to practice this activity at least three times a week.


Zumba choreographies are structured in intervals. A few series of steps are usually worked into each song; these movements correspond to the different sections of the melody. For example, the same movements are performed each time the chorus is reached.


Compared to other types of choreography, Zumba is more open and spontaneous: it is more about exercising and having fun dancing than exactly imitating the movements of the person instructing. This leisure and versatility component has contributed significantly to Zumba's popularity.


In addition, these programs vary greatly depending on the instructor. Not only do they choose the themes and basic movements for each choreography, but they also bring a certain level of energy and enthusiasm to the class that will influence the intensity of the exercise.

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