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With 2013 over and the slate wiped clean, you’re ready to start anew in 2014. If you’ve been bored with your exercise routine, maybe it’s time to start with something fresh in that arena, as well.

You might want to give Zumba a try. If you’ve seen the commercials where athletic people dance in perfect unison to exciting music – that’s only a small part of the story. Zumba is energetic and fun, but you don’t have to be a skilled dancer to enjoy the benefits. There’s something for people at all levels of fitness.

Zumba is the perfect type of exercise for all ages to enjoy ­– at their own rate. There are versions for children, seniors and even water classes. If you’re looking for a way to have fun while you exercise, you might discover Zumba is right for you.

What is Zumba? Basically, it is a lively aerobic exercise that incorporates dance moves from around the world – hip-hop, samba, salsa, merengue and mambo. Depending on the instructor, the class may also feature current dance hits, pop and country. No matter the music, it’s always exhilarating.

It’s not just all about the fun though. Zumba features a host of solid health benefits with weight loss being its biggest draw. Dancing to the beat for an hour can burn between 600-1,000 calories. With its variety of movements, Zumba helps you improve your coordination, as well.

Zumba is also a great way to tone your whole body at once. Through the specially choreographed moves, different muscles constantly are engaged allowing you to tone your entire body without even realizing it.

Besides burning calories and toning your muscles, Zumba choreography is designed to help you release mood-improving endorphins. This will help you feel not only healthier, but also happier.

Another added bonus – the people you’ll meet. Zumba classes attract people who want to have fun while they’re working out. You’ll be meeting, and socializing with, new people as you exercise.

So, if you’re looking for something a little bit different and a lot a bit fun, look into trying a Zumba class. If you’re too intimated to take the plunge alone, consider inviting a fun friend along.

It’s so upbeat and fun, you won’t even realize you were exercising for an hour.


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