Binta’s Health Tips: ZUMBA

Greetings from Binta Bah. It had to happen! How can a Zumba Instructor dole out tips on how to find happiness through fitness (being a component of Wellbeing) and not turn the spotlight on Zumba itself? So, let’s talk about it. What exactly is Zumba? Where did it come from and what is it good for?

Zumba first started in the late 90’s by Beto a Latin American man who as a fitness instructor forgot his usual music for his exercise class and had to use Latin dance music instead which he got the class to dance to and the rest as they say is history.

Zumba is an aerobic workout. It uses energetic catchy tunes and choreographed steps to create an exercise program lasting for 45 minutes up to 1 hour. Its main benefits are being a high fat burner but it can also help lower the risk of heart illness and reduce high blood pressure. Also, in the process it teaches you how to have rhythm and some cool dance moves that you can use at the disco (do people still say disco?) Or the night club.

Zumba is inclusive for all ages and sexes. You control how much energy you exert. Whether you use high or low impact. My motto in the class is “When in doubt, just shake it all about and you’ll still get a good workout.“ It is a fun way to exercise and although it can be challenging you’ll find that after regular attendance you start to learn the dance routines, improve your coordination, rhythm, stamina and most importantly your fitness level. Some people say that Zumba is not their cup of tea because they can’t dance but you come to any class to learn and dance is something that Zumba teaches.

So, there you have it. Zumba Fitness. At this point I have to say whether you choose to Zumba or not some form of exercise is imperative. Exercise can take on many forms such as walking, jogging, swimming, roller skating, tennis the list is endless. So, find what works for you. Classes are good for people who like to workout with others but doing a workout to a DVD at home works just as well. It is recommended that you exercise 3 to 4 times a week from 30 minutes to an hour will suffice. 

Here is a little teaser from our Zumba class. Watch and be inspired exercise is an inlet to wellbeing and wellbeing is the road to happiness.

About Author

Binta Bah

Dance teacher, Zumba instructor, personal trainer
With a passion for dance since she was a child, she took that passion and became a dance teacher. From dance teacher to Zumba instructor the passion lives on. She brings it to her classes to energise and motivate others. Dance coupled with music keeps us fit and most importantly keeps us happy. We welcome all to join her in this pursuit.


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