3 Top Tips For Getting Started With Zumba In The New Year


Unless you have been living on a tropical island for the past year you have probably heard of Zumba.  It’s one of the most popular fitness crazes for quite some time and you can now attend classes at almost every gym and fitness centre in the country.  If you are not a fan of traditional exercise but still want to get fit as part of your New Year’s resolutions, then Zumba might just be the perfect choice for you.  In this article I will be discussing why you should try Zumba in the New Year and providing some top tips for getting started.


Why Zumba?


As I mentioned above, Zumba is great for people who don’t like traditional exercise because it doesn’t feel like exercise.  You just go in, dance like crazy and have fun.  Then before you know it you’ve danced an hour away.  The best part is although Zumba doesn’t feel like a traditional workout it is actually very effective.   Once you get the hang of it an hour of Zumba can burn through over 600 calories.


Zumba Top Tips


Despite being renowned for its fun, party atmosphere, stepping into your first Zumba class can still be very daunting.  Everyone in the class seems to know all the moves whilst you have absolutely no clue.  The good news is I have some top tips that will help you get you started with Zumba:


1) Sit In On A Class Or Get A Zumba DVD:- If you are nervous about getting all the moves wrong in your first class, ask if you can sit in on a class and observe how everything is done.  Alternatively, get a Zumba DVD and learn all the basic moves.  Preparing in this way will make you feel a lot more confident about your first class and help it go a lot more smoothly.


2) Ask A Friend For Help:- If you are still not confident about heading to a class after following the advice above, ask a friend who currently does Zumba for help.  They will be able to show you the moves in person, give you a few pointers and build your confidence for that first Zumba class.


3) Get the Right Shoes:- Since Zumba requires a lot of moving, spinning and pivoting, your standard gym shoes probably won’t cut it as they will have too much grip.  Instead get a shoe that is lightweight, has some grip without making you stick to the floor and if possible has a spin spot.  Cross-trainers or dance-specific sneakers are perfect.




Once you get over the initial feelings of self-consciousness, Zumba is one of the best ways for keeping fit and having fun.  If you have previously tried and failed with your ‘get fit’ New Year’s resolutions, have a go at Zumba this year.  The party atmosphere and the community feeling should ensure that you don’t get bored with the classes and allow you to keep it up for the full year.

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