Zumba Your Heart Out

DSC_0259Dancing Salsa may have been considered exercise before, but now it’s one of the most popular exercising techniques around. The Zumba craze began in the 1990s and was started by a Colombian dancer. Imagine how many other salsa dancers were upset when they found out they could have gotten so many people across the globe to take place in a fitness routine revolved around doing what you love.

Zumba is now officially trademarked by Zumba Fitness, LLC., and it is basically a dance routine that is done to Latin music, mostly, as well as other genres of music. Although Zumba can be learned by almost anyone, Zumba.com has a series of programs and workout videos that can be purchased in order to help people participate in the exercise program in the correct and healthy manner. When on the website, there’s even a link to find out how to become a Zumba teacher if you’d like to teach at a gym in your area or just with friends.

Although Zumba can be done alone, the more the merrier! If someone wants to make their own dance routine, she could always choose a song, look up some salsa moves, and make them work with the beat. That’s exactly what Julia Sloan, 20, did for her women’s retreat. She chose a song she liked, Dance Again by Jennifer Lopez, looked up some Zumba videos on Youtube, and just made her own routine to the song and taught it to a group of women. “It was great and I had so much fun,” she said after the retreat.

Even celebrity Latinas love doing Zumba because it’s so healthy and fun to do. Jennifer Lopez (Puerto Rican), Eva Longoria (Mexican), Shakira (Colombian), and Eva LaRue (Puerto Rican) are only some of the many Latina celebrities who include Zumba in their daily workout routines.

According to Zumba.com, “we take the “work” out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you’ll see why Zumba® Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. Super effective? Check. Super fun? Check and check.”

If boredom strikes and there’s nothing to do in your town (or if there is), Zumba  your heart out. “I’ve always wanted to try Zumba,” said Alejandra Luna, 16. “But I never wanted to do it alone. I never thought of looking up videos on Youtube and just doing it with my friends.”

What isn’t to love? Great music and loads of fun dancing in a room with your friends! That’s gotta be one of the best workouts that’s ever existed. Curious about how to get into a class in your area? Hit up the Zumba website. It is extremely user friendly and contains plenty of information about classes, teachers, programs, and so on.

As the website says, “Zumba is for everybody, and every body!”

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