ZUMBA: FITNESS FOR BODY, MIND AND SOUL
Sally Dowsett, Zumba instructor, explains and shows us what Zumba can do for you. Wear loose clothing and comfortable shoes.



What is Zumba Gold?

The original concept of Zumba combines a dance workout with a party-like atmosphere. Zumba Gold takes the popular Latin-dance inspired workout of Zumba and makes it accessible for seniors, beginners or others needing modifications in their exercise routine. Zumba Gold builds cardiovascular health by challenging the heart and working the muscles of the hips, legs and arms with dance moves.

History
Zumba debuted in 1999 as a series of infomercials and quickly spread into a full-fledged craze with classes offered in health clubs across the country. Zumba Gold came about because certain populations found some of the dance moves too intense and fast for their abilities. Classes last from 30 to 60 minutes

Features
Zumba includes a medley of dance styles, including merengue, cha-cha, cumbia, belly dance, rumba, tango and salsa. Zumba Gold breaks these dances down to address the anatomical and biomechanical needs of active older adults or the unconditioned beginner. Nonsupported moves and chair-based options are available to participants in Zumba Gold. Zumba Gold stays true to the original Zumba concept in that it does not rely on typical aerobics-style 32-count beats for movement and, instead, is inspired by authentic music. Instructors are encouraged to create their their own choreography while staying true to the guidelines put forth in Zumba Gold instructor training.
Potential
As we age, exercise continues to be of critical importance to weight management, heart health, balance and injury prevention. Zumba Gold falls under the category of endurance training, which keeps the heart healthy and the circulatory system strong. Zumba Gold develops coordination and burns calories to stave off the weight gain that often accompanies aging.

Considerations

Despite the fun approach of Zumba Gold, wearing appropriate attire is important. Loose fitting, comfortable clothing that allows your body to experience a wide range of movement is best. Wear athletic shoes to support your knees and ankles during pivots and turns involved in the dance moves.

Misconceptions
Zumba Gold is designed to be approachable by all populations, regardless of fitness level. Experience with dance is not required. Moves in class are broken down in a slow and manageable manner. The intention of the class is to move a little and have a lot of fun--even if you don't perform each move perfectly.