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6 REASONS TO ZUMBA
By: Michelle Leigh Mozek
Ever since I was a child, dance has always been a huge part of life and a very important key to my fitness success. After taking my very first dance class at the young age of 2, I was hooked and the rest was history. My passion for dance carried all the way through high school where I was the captain of my drill team as well as a competitive studio dancer.
Soon after that, I took my skills to a professional level where I danced for both the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL) and Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Now, as a professional dancer, I am always trying to find new and innovative ways to stay in shape and for me Zumba fitness has done just that. Not only has It allowed me to combine two of my greatest passions, it has also helped keep me in the shape that I am in today. Zumba dance helps build endurance, stamina and overall muscle tone. Spice it up and get into class today!
1. Say Goodbye To the Elliptical Once and For All
You can finally say goodbye to the boring repetitive motion of the elliptical trainer. In just one hour of Zumba, you tend to burn twice the amount of calories while getting a much more effective and enjoyable workout!
2. Instant Support Group
You build your very own support system and community within the class each and every time. Having the positive support of your fellow classmates will encourage you to keep moving and get the most out of your workout.
3. It's Simple. Just Follow Along.
You don’t have to be a professional dancer to take a Zumba class. Zumba was created for anyone who can follow along and have a good time! It's all about putting your own flavor and style into the moves so don't worry about doing them “perfectly” every time. The secret to Zumba is the sillier you feel, the better!
4. Achieve the Body You Have Always Wanted.
Zumba dance will lift, tone and tighten your physique to reach the goals you have always dreamed of. While burning 500 calories or more per class, the easy to follow dance steps incorporate total body sculpting to give you the body you deserve.
5. It's Fun!
Zumba is all about having FUN while working out! You can go to a Zumba class to enjoy music, make friends, boost energy, make friends and sizzle calories and fat while you're at it!
6. Build Confidence and Stamina.
After Zumba, not only will your self image increase but your overall health as well. You will learn to move your body in ways you never thought you could. Life is all about stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new. I promise you will be glad you did. MS&F
She Got the Moves Like Jagger
Three basic Zumba moves/rhythms include Merengue, Salsa and Reggaeton – all of which incorporate the engaging of the core, arm resistance and the strengthening of the hips, thighs, legs and glutes. Zumba fitness is the total body workout. Add Zumba into your weekly workout program and I promise you will see results.
Zumba classes are now offered at a majority of local gyms. You can also check out Zumba Fitness DVDs for some great tips and routines.
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