Zumba: The Best Workout You’ve Never Had

Not a professional dancer? Never taken a dance class? Afraid you’ll never be able to salsa or merengue?

Well, here’s some good news for you. I am neither a professional dancer nor have I ever taken a dance class. While many young girls laced up their ballet slippers and twirled across the dance floor, I laced up my softball cleats and ¬†headed out to the softball field in hopes of striking out my opponents. And guess what, I can salsa, merengue and get a completely different workout. The best news of all–You can, too!

A 45-minute Zumba dance session can burn between 400 to 500 calories, according to Shape Magazine. While the moves are repetitive, it’s a great cardio workout paired with fun, upbeat music. To be honest, I often forget I am working out.

“The moves are very simple and repetitive so all you have to do is listen and follow the instructor,” said Julie Kelly, a Zumba instructor and certified trainer, according to Shape Magazine. “Zumba really works your core because the Latin dance moves specifically target the abdominal area.”

Still not convinced? Here are three of my favorite Zumba workouts from YouTube:

1. “On The Floor” by Jennifer Lopez

2. “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5 Featuring Christina Aguilera

3. “Waka Waka (Time For Africa)” by Shakira

Are you convinced now?

Let’s get active and celebrate our bodies! If you miss a step, laugh it off and keep going.

For more information on Zumba, visit the official Zumba website.

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It’s Zumba Time: Feel the Music

Zumba–it’s the hottest fitness craze to sweep the country. Sweat dripping, hips shaking, as over 12 million men and women dance to international music. It’s literally hot, hot, hot.

A little less than a year ago, I was introduced to my first Zumba class. And ever since, I can’t get enough. In my room, walking down the street, at work, you name it–I can’t help but discretely slip a few Zumba moves in when the music’s right.

In honor of my weekly Zumba class, here’s my Zumba playlist (You’ll quickly notice a theme):

1. “Pause” by Pitbull, which is featured on the Zumba Fitness 2 game for Wii as well as for PS3 and Xbox.

2. “On the Floor” by Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull

3. “Sway” by The Pussycat Dolls

4. “Waka Waka” by Shakira

5. “International Love” by Pitbull featuring Chris Brown

Feel the music. Revitalize your workout.

Doesn’t it feel great to get up and move?