Caliente! Zumba cardio is such a fun way to get your required 30 minutes of daily aerobics done. The Latin rhythms just make you want to dance and let go of your stress.
All the major muscle groups get a great workout and as your heart rate goes up, so will your cardiovascular health. Learning the workout dance routine steps will challenge your concentration and improve your brain health, as well.
This 30-minute Zumba cardio video provides a good warm up followed by merengue, cumbia, salsa, and bachata and finishes with a nice cool down and stretch to really let you know you’ve done a good workout. If you find it to be a bit of a challenge, just do a few numbers and add on as the weeks go by.
What is Zumba?
Zumba is an exercise program that combines cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility. Each routine is made up of choreographed dance moves that combine elements of salsa, reggaeton, merengue and cumbia.
Zumba classes are meant to feel like a dance party, and each instructor has their own style. There are many levels designed for all types of exercisers. Zumba Gold is specifically formulated for our age group. There are also Zumba Step classes, Zumba Toning, Aqua Zumba and more. I have even seen some classes that are done glow-in-the-dark style, and they really have a party vibe!
You can find Zumba classes in fitness studios all over the country and even around the world. The great thing is, once you’ve gotten the hang of the steps, you can pop in and take a class anywhere or watch them online.
Benefits of Zumba Cardio
There are so many benefits of Zumba, first and foremost being that it’s a great cardio workout. Most health experts agree that 30 minutes of cardio per day, five days a week, is ideal for overall health and fitness. Cardio exercise helps keep your heart strong and makes your lungs work more efficiently, which is crucial as we age.
Zumba can be a highly efficient calorie burner, which is necessary if you’re looking to lose weight. According to estimates, one hour of Zumba can burn anywhere from 300 to 900 calories.
The exact number of calories you burn will depend on your age, weight, fitness level and your individual body, but if you wear a heart rate monitor you’ll be able to get a good idea of the range you need to be in for weight loss. For seniors, you want your beats per minute to be somewhere between 90 and 135. Your doctor can help pinpoint a more precise recommendation based on your age and other health factors.
Zumba workouts feature a series of back-to-back dance moves, and in addition to being really fun, they force your brain to think about what comes next. Scientists have found that just a single bout of exercise can boost brain cognition and memory in people aged 60 to 80. I will take any memory boost I can get! Plus, it goes to show that every workout makes a difference. If you’ve ever thought about a workout and said ‘I’ll do it tomorrow,’ think about the brain benefits you’re missing out on today.
Doing a Zumba workout can be an excellent stress reliever. If you’ve ever been to a class in person, you’ve seen firsthand how the energy flows through the room and the music takes over. You might even feel compelled to release a “woop woop!” or two.
Zumba–and any kind of exercise–releases endorphins, chemicals in the brain that act like a natural feel-good medicine, taking away anxiety and even helping us sleep better.
Finally, Zumba is just a whole lot of fun. It’s important in life to have things that you do merely because you enjoy them, and for me, Zumba is one of those things. I love the music, the energy, the camaraderie, and learning new moves. There are always new steps and new routines to learn!
If you find you like this video, we have several more Zumba workouts on our website, just click here. Or, you can find many others at every skill level on YouTube.
So get up, get moving, and rev up your metabolism all while having a great time!
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