Do you love dancing? Does your heart start pumping and your body start moving every time you hear your jam? Well, as it turns out, dancing loves you too, and it is evident in that very beat that’s thumping in your chest.
Yes, dancing, particularly Zumba, has heart-healthy benefits ensuring that not only will you continue to love dancing, but that you will keep moving to your favorite tunes for years to come.
In fact, a recent study took 28 women and had them complete a 16-week intervention attending 60 minute Zumba dance classes three days a week. After the study, that was later published in the US National Library of Medicine, it was found that not only did participation in Zumba improve health and physical fitness in the participating women, but their motivation to exercise increased.
There really is nothing like letting your body move to amazing music to not only help you forget that you're actually exercising, but to make it enjoyable, too! Plus, you may even make a friend or two in the process to improve your social health!
What about the heart benefits?
It isn’t just the Latin-inspired music that gets the heart going (although that can’t hurt). The moves and routines in a Zumba workout that range from low to high intensity provide a near perfect workout for your heart.
An article on Time.com published results from a study showing that those participating in Zumba were able to exercise at approximately 80 percent of their maximum heart rate, and 60 percent V02 max.
But, before you think that you can just go to your weekly salsa dancing class and call it good, think again.
While salsa dancing is a good form of exercise, Zumba is better, according to a study published in the Journal of Sport and Health . The findings of this particular study found that compared to a salsa dancing class, Zumba yielded a higher heart rate response. The findings were compelling enough for the researchers to characterize Zumba as an intermittent and higher intensity activity than salsa dance. It was also noted that Zumba participants received larger physiological benefits than their salsa dancing friends.
And just like any high intensity workout, Zumba can help reduce your risk of heart disease, lower your blood pressure and bad cholesterol, as well as boost your good cholesterol.
That’s not all ...
As we know, the heart is where it all begins, and a healthy heart makes everything else work better.
Participation in a regular exercise class like Zumba will strengthen other parts of your body. The all-encompassing dance moves will strengthen parts of your body like your core, legs, hips, thighs, glutes and back. You may even find muscles you didn’t even know you had!
So, let the rhythm move you to that Zumba class, so you can shake it all the way to a healthier and happier you.