The first, probably most obvious, health benefit is the calorie burn. Zumba gives a HUGE calorie burn, as I discussed in my post about the calories Zumba burns.
Another health benefit is muscle toning. See, in Zumba, even without weights, you will be using lots of muscles. Without realizing it, you will be doing squats, presses, and more just by doing the dance moves. Add to that a Zumba Toning class or two and you will really get the benefit of toning.
Another health benefit is coordination and balance. By learning the dances, you will be improving your coordination and balance. It is a skill to move your hips, arms, and feet all at the same time! It takes a lot of coordination. Also in Zumba, there are many moves that work on your balance as you jump and land, do things on one foot, and much more. Coordination and balance decrease with age, so these are health benefits that can be important to those over 40.
|There is some serious coordination going on here. (this was right when I started teaching Zumba!)|
The last health benefit is the endorphin release. Zumba just makes people happy! While any workout will boost your mood, Zumba will keep you smiling and having a blast for the whole hour (or however long your class is) and it will really lift your spirits.