by Keila Chaliotis, Staff Writer
It is also known as the Zumba “pool party,” Aqua Zumba is another new invigorating workout that has caught the attention of many. This exercise routine takes place within an indoor heated pool. But there is no need to worry, you don’t need to know how to swim. Classes are taken in shallow waters and all you need is a towel along with your water equipment.
Aqua Zumba is a product of Zumba, a dance fitness program created by the Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez during the 1990s. Though Zumba involves faster and tougher movements for your body to keep up with, having blended the philosophy with traditional aqua fitness disciplines, created a safe, challenging, water-based workout that’s cardio-conditioning, body-toning, and most of all, highly entertaining with less stress on your body joints.
This exciting new way of exercising has blown up worldwide and many people have discovered Aqua Zumba to be a highly effective workout. This program suits all shapes and sizes. Ages permitted for taking these classes are from 10 years of age and up. Swimming skills are not required, but you do need to see your doctor to know if you have clearance for water exercises.
Aqua Zumba is a water exercise in which you are guided by an instructor that will incorporate world dance styles such as merengue, salsa, reggaeton, mambo, rumba, flamenco, calypso and salsa into the water fitness class. Through dancing, you will get a warm-up, great cardio workout and warm down in the pool. It is a great and easy way of getting your body fit while also obtaining tips on some dance styles that you can apply to your next danceclub adventure.
What can be your benefits by going to this pool party? Unlike those pool parties in which people usually tend to have fatty foods and gassy drinks, Aqua Zumba brings out the best in you within the following areas:
•A sense of well-being
•Burns calories, promotes weight loss
•Increases the fun quotient!
Exercising in water helps your body mucsles relax. It reliefs your muscles form tension and any sprains that you may have endured from your on land daily routines. This program is really fun and you don’t even have to be a dancer nor swimmer. Your up to your chest in water, but remember, like I had already told you earlier, swimming is not required. These classes usually last up to 45 minutes. And the result is a top to bottom body workout, with strength, toning and flexibility components, as well as that let-your-hair-loose vibe that has defined Zumba. If you find normal Zumba classes too intense then this is a great beginner’s option and a good way to build up your basic fitness levels and your confidence.
The results on weight loss can be very effective, but it all depends on what part of the pool you are in. At the shallow end there’s some impact on the lower extremity, but at the deep end it’s totally non-weight-bearing. The density of water is about 800 times that of air, “typically you’re not going to be able to move as fast.”
Upright exercises in the water works on your muscles differently. Rather than gravity pulling you down toward earth, you have the buoyancy of water pushing you up toward the surface. In water we have to focus on pushing the limb down and exercising safely in water can offer extra support for those with balance problems.
Keep in mind that even though you are exercising in water and you might not feel the thirst, but you still have to bring a bottle of water to keep hydrated.
You need to realize that you are still sweating, even though your not perceiving it.
This new fitness trend is blowing up quickly in the US and your most likely to have the program in a gym near you. Over 14 million people take weekly Zumba classes in over 140,000 locations across more than 150 countries. I encourage you to try it out and join the program as soon as possible. It is truely an entertaining way to get in shape and I give you my word, you will love it!