Are Zumba Classes Right For You?

Zumba exercises are being touted as the newest fun way to lose weight, Zumba instructors call it "exercise in disguise", but this doesn't mean that Zumba is easy. On the contrary, Zumba will leave you panting and sweating as you get going. So is it suitable for everyone? What Kind Of People Take Zumba Classes? Zumba classes are fantastic for bringing people of all shapes, sizes and ages together. The key premise is to have fun, and the workouts are suitable for just about everyone. Kids are even invited to certain Zumba classes! Even if you're very overweight, you can take it at your own pace until your stamina improves. If you're pregnant, Zumba exercises are still a possibility. However, it all depends on your level of activity before you became pregnant. If you're not used to aerobic exercise then it's not usually a good idea to start during pregnancy. Always ask your doctor before proceeding. What About Older Participants? Zumba Gold classes have been designed specifically with the older generation in mind. It's the same premise, just slightly altered to suit the fitness levels of the baby boomers. For those who have specific physical issues, it's a good idea to ask your instructor before you begin. Many are happy to advise you on how to take part in a regular Zumba class at your own pace. Some classes are even designed to be followed from the comfort of a chair, if you need to. If You Know You're Out Of Shape... If you're out of shape, that is you don't regularly exercise and find you get tired out quickly, then you should always approach any new form of exercise with caution. Listen to your body, and know your own limits. Yes, you will probably be tired out after a Zumba session, but you'll notice the improvements week on week. Remember, if you're in any doubt you should always visit a doctor for advice. What About Zumba At Home? There are a variety of Zumba games and DVDs that'll teach you how to do the Zumba exercises from home. These are generally safe, and are often designed at a more basic level than some Zumba classes. The main risk with an at-home option is that you may not have the motivation to really push yourself to burn those calories! If you do decide to do Zumba at home, the same rules as above still apply: listen to your body, and visit a doctor if you experience any problems.


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