Summer Series #2: Zumba fitness

Written by Social Media Youth Volunteer: Sheriza Jiwani

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Zumba is the latest fad in the fitness world right now. Zumba is a hybrid of fitness and latin dance creating an altogether new type of fitness. You could say that the creation of this fitness-dancing was sort of an “accident.”

In the mid 1990s, Alberto “Beto” Perez, an aerobics teacher in Cali, Columbia, forgot his traditional aerobics music. Due to the fact that he needed some music for his aerobics class, he was forced to improvise. Lucky enough for him, in his backpack, he had salsa and merangue music. Thus Zumba was born. His workout that day focused on moving to the music. His students loved this variation to their regular aerobics class and demanded more.

Zumba is a lot of fun. You get your workout while dancing, and does it ever use your muscles! You can find yourself feeling like you’ve had an intense workout afterwards, without running on a treadmill for an hour.

When I tried Zumba, I found it to be a great alternative to a workout. I loved the spontaneity of it. It was like an organized workout that continually changed and worked different parts of your body. Give it a try!

I will post new summer activities and sports for you to try all summer long! Keep your eyes peeled on the blog to read about new sports and activities to try.

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