We try different exercise programs in order to lose weight. It could be by going to the gym or having exercise equipment's at home. These would most definitely enable us to lose weight and become fit. Exercise sessions could be made more interesting and fun filled, by going in for the dance form of workouts called Zumba.

Zumba was developed by Alberto “Beto” Perez in Colombia. It uses a mix of salsa, merengue, cumbia, samba, African beats and hip-hop music to give a tempo to the various steps used in the program. In the normal exercise routines, where music is used as a medium, you would move according to the music and at a certain pace. But with the Zumba dance form, the music keeps changing along with its rhythm. This makes the whole experience dynamic as your whole body is in motion. All the muscles in your body will get a workout as you will be using them during the performance of the various dance steps. This will accelerate burning calories and increase aerobic activity.

The program has different levels and you can choose the one which you find comfortable. The Zumba steps are such that, you will be gradually introduced to the dance form. There is no pressure at any level. You are after all dancing and enjoying yourself. The initial stage will be to just move your arms to a slow beat of music. The next level will be to move your legs and arms at the same time. As you progress, you will reach the stage when you move your whole body to a faster beat and get the benefits of a total workout. As the exercise form is dancing, there is no undue stress on any part of the body. This means that, there are no aches and pains which are generally associated while starting on a fitness program.

You will need the proper kit before embarking on the Zumba fitness program. This combines proper clothing and the right kind of foot wear. A t-shirt or top and loose pants will provide the ideal combination to enable ease of movement while performing the various routines. The foot wear should also be comfortable and provide the required support for your feet.

Losing weight and becoming fit is something we all aspire for. If this can be achieved in a fun-filled way, then we will certainly stand a chance to attain our goal.