An Introduction to Zumba

A dentist by profession, Dr. Azadeh Khajavi enjoys practicing Zumba in her free time. Dr. Azadeh Khajavi has also earned her certification as a Zumba instructor.

A popular fitness program, Zumba relies on Latin and world beats to create an engaging aerobic workout. The class combines low- and high-intensity activities, including cardiovascular exercises, flexibility training, and muscle conditioning, thus building a complete workout. Aerobic by nature and enjoyable enough for regular participation, Zumba helps participants meet the aerobic activity requirements that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends for healthy individuals. Participants have their choice of a classic Zumba class or one of the form’s specialty classes, such as the muscle-toning Zumba Step.

Unlike traditional aerobic dance, which fitness experts say emphasizes correct execution of complicated steps, Zumba emphasizes energy and fun. It has drawn more than 12 million participants in 125 countries worldwide. Even children 7 to 11 years old can join in the fun at Zumba Kids classes, which use games and developmentally appropriate dance routines to get young participants moving and boost their confidence. Zumba Kids classes also include team-building activities and cultural learning to provide a well-rounded experience while establishing fitness as part of kids’ routines.


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