If you’re looking to lose weight, a high intensity exercise will yield the best results in the shortest time. My job as a certified personal trainer is to ensure that my clients who want fat loss learn all about higher levels of intensity.
As a beginner however, you’ll most likely experience challenges with such an exercise approach, as a result of muscle rigidity and lack of training, hindering your body’s ability to perform intense movements.
With Zumba dance, no jumping is involved and the movements follow a certain rhythm. This ensures you don’t get tired so fast as a result of the reduced intensity, while increasing your exercise period substantially. I have led Zumba classes and recommend these to beginners (including obese) to get their bodies used to movement.
Since Zumba incorporates great music and some martial arts, it creates an atmosphere of fun while allowing you to exercise virtually every muscle. It combines some squats which work on your hips and lower extremities, and arm movements to work out your shoulder muscles.
As a beginner, adapting to your workout routine might be a daunting task, as a result of the monotony involved. Due to the varied nature of music involved in Zumba exercise, each training session provides you with a different experience involving different dance, hence breaking the monotony.
With the uniform dance movements involved, the pressure and sense of inferiority that comes with comparing yourself with your peers at the gym is eliminated, creating a very friendly atmosphere, hence allowing you to stick to the schedule rather than give up.
Since Zumba dance combines both higher intensity and low intensity movements, it utilizes both your fat and sugar systems enabling you burn fat faster.
Lower intensity moves utilize your fat reserves while higher intensity moves tap into your sugar levels. As your sugar levels decrease, more calories need to be burned for replenishment, thus meaning the need to burn more fat and that’s how you end up losing more weight.
Though Zumba doesn’t compare to high intensity interval training or intense compound strength training for blasting off fat, it’s a pleasant way for beginners to “induct” their body into an exercise lifestyle and start losing weight.
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