My friend and I used to enjoy going to see modern dance. I also enjoy watching the ballet. It takes an enormous amour of physical strength, stamina, and dexterity to be either a professional modern dancer or a ballet star. In effect, dance is really strenuous exercise.
So it’s no wonder that someone thought up the idea that dance would be good exercise for the rest of us. Not only is it good exercise to keep you agile and limber, but it’s also good for your social skills as well. And it’s very motivating. Whether it’s modern dance or Jazzercise, there’s something about a beat that naturally makes you want to get up and move.
Now there’s a new dance exercise craze that’s sweeping the country. It’s called Zumba.
According to the Healthy Planet Magazine: “Zumba® classes are Latin-based dance routines led by fitness instructors. A participant can expect to burn on average between 500 and 800 calories per class depending on fitness level and class intensity.”
Up to 800 calories isn’t bad. To compare, and hour of intense racquetball burns about a thousand calories. So this type of dancing must also be good cardio exercise as well.
Zumba dancing has almost 200 million people doing it worldwide in some 30 countries. Watching a Zumba dance reminds you a lot of very fast-paced calisthenics. The dancers move side to side and twirl around while kicking up their feet with Latin music playing in the background. It certainly looks like it would burn up a lot of calories.
If you like to dance then this fitness regime might just be right up your alley. One lady here in St. Louis started out going a couple of days a week. Now she’s up to four times a week and she has lost 200 pounds!
The thing about going to a gym is this: You know that it’s good for you, but sitting there lifting those weights and using the machines can get boring pretty quick. And unless you have a workout partner, you’re usually alone,
except when one of those annoying instructors comes over and tells you to get moving and points out what you are doing wrong. When I joined a health club some years ago, I worked out on the fitness machines and played racquetball. After a while I stopped using the machines and just played racquetball. I found it a lot more competitive and interesting
To find out where you can find Zumba classes in St. Louis visit www.stlexercise.com.