Zumba combines Latin and International music with a fun and effective workout system. I'd always wanted to try Zumba, and this week I had the opportunity. I went to my first Zumba class with my daughter in Stockholm, Sweden. Knowing some basic dance steps helped. I definitely could feel the workout in all my muscles, but it was a fun way to exercise. I kept up for the full hour. The sauna afterwards felt great.
For those who have never tried Zumba, you might enjoy watching the YouTube video: Zumba Fitness Basic Steps Demo
If you use Zumba for your fitness routine, I'd enjoy hearing about your experience and interest in this growing worldwide form of exercise. I hope to find a Zumba class locally when I return to the U.S.
I loved Zumba until I hurt my knee and had to have surgery. I twisted too much..........story of my life. So if you are going to do it, don't go overboard, like I did. Unfortunately, I have been to class since the surgery. BUT it is an excellent workout for cardio.
Thanks, Kingston, for the helpful advice. That was one thing I appreciated about the instructor. She showed the moves in slow motion first and then increased the speed with the rhythmical beat of the music. Participants were encouraged to go at their own pace and stop whenever the routine became confusing or the person needed a short rest.
I also made sure to drink water between each dance. That kept me well hydrated because it is a cardio workout. I'm sorry you injured your knee. I hope it will heal soon so you can participate in Zumba or some other form of exercise soon. Walking is always a good choice because again it's an activity that can be done at your own time and pace.
I am now enjoying "water zumba." I have a 45-minute class at the YMCA that meets twice a week. Dancing in the water provides more resistance, helps me stay cool, and softens the strain on my muscles and joints. I look forward to learning new dances while enjoying the pool.