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Time Magazine Article: Why Zumba Is Insanely Good Exercise

See the exciting article in Time Magazine about Zumba, with links to other Zumba studies!  They discuss how Zumba is successful because is it is FUN, you make FRIENDS, and it’s EFFECTIVE for the heart, balance, and psychologically uplifting and freeing!
The article is copied below, or you can view it at their website:  http://time.com/4696746/zumba-workout-dance-aerobics/
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Why Zumba Is Insanely Good Exercise

By MARKHAM HEID

March 9, 2017
For more, visit TIME Health.

Zumba was born in Colombia in the 1990s, quite by accident. A fitness instructor forgot to bring his usual workout music to class, so he grabbed some Latin albums from his car, ditched the constraints of a traditional workout and danced just like he would at a club. His class followed along, sweating to the salsa and rumba beats, and loving it.

Since then, Zumba has pitched itself as more of a party than a workout. Indeed, some research suggests it may be the very best workout for people who hate to exercise.

People worked hard in the class, too. “We found that they exercised at about 80% of maximum heart rate, and 60% V02 max,” which is a measure of oxygen used during exercise, he says. “We found it’s a pretty good workout—similar to moderately intense exercises like step aerobics or cardio kickboxing.”

But the most impressive part of Zumba is how much it appeals to people who stay away from exercise. A study in the American Journal of Health Behavior showed that when women with type 2 diabetes and obesity did Zumba three times a week for 16 weeks, they lost an average of 2.5 pounds and lowered their percentage of body fat by 1%. More importantly, the women enjoyed the class so much that they made it a habit—very unusual for an aerobic exercise program. “After the study had ended, most the participants continued going,” says study coauthor Jamie Cooper, an associate professor at the University of Georgia. “It seems like most of them had fun, made friends and didn’t see Zumba as hard work.”

Another study linked Zumba’s hip-swinging, stomach-gyrating movements to increased core and trunk strength and better balance in older overweight women. After just eight weeks, the women’s quality-of-life scores jumped 9% and their self-esteem increased 16%. A related study on Zumba’s psychological benefits found that people who practice it feel more independent and said that their lives seemed more purposeful.

It’s not hard to see why the activity would be invigorating and freeing. “You have to let go and have fun during Zumba,” Cooper says. Just as some people with anxiety take improv classes to relieve their social skittishness, dancing around other people may help Zumba-goers feel less shy or self-conscious about their bodies.

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What fun we had Rock’In the New YEAR!

Thanks to our sponsors of our Rock’In the New Year Party we had on Jan 4, 2014!  We appreciate your donations to our raffles.  Our students were so excited to get a Massage by Goshe PT, Photo session with tracy elder photography, dog walks with Arf! Dog Walks, haircut (& jewelry) with Joni Corum, owner of Salon 370, Flemings & Habit meals donated by Lee Healy Marketing Communications, and hour computer tutor session by Cathy’s “T” Time (that’s me!).  click here for sponsor info