Zumba is a popular form of aerobic exercise in Malaysia and other parts of the world. It is fast, upbeat and enjoyable. The reason so many people like it is because most of it is dance and in that manner, men and women enjoy it more. In addition, Zumba classes are usually done in groups where friends or family members do it together.
If you want to engage in Zumba for fitness, here are some of the things you must remember:
- Stay Hydrated
Zumba classes can get intense, so always remember to bring a large water bottle with you. Even though the classes are usually held inside air-conditioned rooms, you’re sure to sweat buckets. Zumba is a total body workout, and classes can last for an hour. Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water in between songs.
- Wear the Right Shoes
Zumba is an aerobic activity and requires some running, kicking or jumping. It is not advisable to go barefoot when attending classes. Get cross trainers or shoes that can cushion impact. Rubber soles also protect you from slipping while you move around.
- Wear Comfortable Clothes
You don’t have to dress up like the pros if you don’t feel like it. If you’re just starting out, you can wear a loose cotton t-shirt paired with jogging pants or shorts. For women, it is advisable to wear a sports bra because of the intense workout. Don’t forget to bring a face towel to mop up the sweat. More advanced Zumba students wear tank tops and leggings for additional ease of movement. That is of course, based on what you’re comfortable with.
- Work at Your Own Pace
A single Zumba session can have different types of workout paces. Some songs are faster and the movements are more complicated, while some are slower and easier to follow. The good thing about these classes is that people can workout at the pace they want. This is the reason why you’ll see a combination of age groups and fitness levels in a Zumba group class. If you’re more advanced, you can stay at the front and sort of lead the others. You can jump higher, kick harder, or move as intensely as you want. Beginners on the other hand, can stay in the middle or at the back section and concentrate on learning the moves and mastering the footwork.
Anyone can do Zumba. You don’t have to be really fit or well-coordinated to enjoy this kind of exercise. The important thing is that you’re taking a proactive step towards becoming more active and fit. Just remember these four tips and you’re good to go.