Take a dip in the pool with a water-based workout that offers cardio-conditioning, body-toning, and most of all, is exciting beyond belief.
45-minute of Aqua Zumba class is an extension of Zumba, the Colombian dance fitness program created by Alberto “Beto” Perez in the 1990s. This workout needs to begin after a very vigorous 10-minute warm-up depending on your level of fitness and availability of time. One more thing you don’t have to be a dancer to be successful in this class since the fancy footwork is kept to a minimum. But don’t let the slower pace of a water-based class fool you. You’ll still get a great workout due to the viscosity of the water (the resistance that we feel while moving in water), which makes performing the movements more challenging even as the impact forces on your joints are significantly reduced.
If you are at the shallow end of the pool you can feel the impact on the lower extremity whereas at the deeper end it’s totally non-weight-bearing. As the density of water is about 800 times that of air, there is a greater challenge to move as fast. Also, doing upright exercises in the water works the muscles differently.
The buoyancy of water tends to push you up toward the surface therefore you have to focus on pushing the limbs down. Some of the styles in Zumba, are salsa fused with hip hop. You can add in some merengue and cha-cha steps. Don’t forget the aerobic aspect. You’ll be shedding the pounds shaking your booty, doing the mambo, and swiveling with the best of ’em. Exercising in water offers women extra support with balance concern.
If you are not comfortable in the deep, you can use a flotation belt. Singing and laughing can spice up your trainiing routine.
You can expect to burn 700 calories during a 60-minute Aqua Zumba class. This rapid calorie burn is enough to help you work toward weight loss. As reported by, HealthStatus reports a 175-pound person will burn 315 calories during 60 minutes of water aerobics and 630 calories in 60 minutes of standard Zumba. Combining these two workouts results in a quick calorie burn and a fresh way of getting in shape.
For added resistance, perform Aqua Zumba standing with the water at your collarbone level instead of at your chest.
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