Zumba is a dance workout trend that is spreading like wildfire. Zumba mixes various forms of Latin music and international dance steps and molds it into a fast-pased aerobic workout. Zumba Fitness is a game that is available on the Wii, PlayStation 3 and XBOX Kinect consoles. The game allows players to tone muscles and build strength and endurance at the same time.
Personally, I normally have no dance skills or rhythm. I was unsure of how I would like Zumba before I tried it, but broke down and purchased the game for my Wii to see what all of the hype was about. I was immediately impressed and enjoyed the game, laughing while trying to follow the on-screen avatar. The game works with a hip-belt, to hold the Wii-remote in place, that comes with the game. Since you shake your hips a lot in Zumba, the hip-belt monitors your movements to help “score” you on how well you are copying the moves. The game has different experience levels, which in my case, I started with Beginner.
I use a heart-rate monitor that helps me monitor my heart-rate while keeping me aware of approximately how many calories I am burning. Zumba Fitness, personally, has helped me burn hundreds of calories in a short amount of time, while keeping my heart rate in my target zone. While burning fat and calories, I am also learning different styles of dance, such as Salsa, Meringue and Flamenco.
I definitely recommend this game for anyone interested in the Zumba trend and learning what it is all about. I am very impressed, and definitely noticing a difference in my waistline and my flexibility. All of the hip movements and quick steps are increasing my endurance and my flexibility. I am having a great time learning the dances and moving up in the experience levels for an extra challenge.