Breaking a sweat while you're surrounded by like-minded fitness enthusiasts can help you keep in shape without ever feeling bored. Zumba, a dance-style workout common in many gyms, provides such an atmosphere. Taking Zumba for an hour every day can play a role in weight loss, provided you also make other healthy lifestyle changes.
Dancing Toward Weight Loss
For ideal health, adults should spend a minimum of 150 minutes per week performing moderate-paced cardio exercise. By taking a daily, 60-minute Zumba class, you'll more than eclipse the guideline. In 60 minutes of Zumba, a 165-pound person burns around 594 calories, according to HealthStatus. Over the course of the week, this person burns about 4,158 calories through daily Zumba classes.
Zumba Can Play a Role
A pound of fat is made up of 3,500 calories, but burning 4,158 calories during a week of Zumba won't necessarily help you lose a pound. Your chance of losing weight also depends on your diet. If you consume a high-calorie, unhealthy diet, it's possible to gain weight, even if you practice Zumba daily. If you keep your calorie intake low by eating small meals containing vegetables, grains and proteins such as fish and chicken, Zumba can contribute to weight loss. The exact amount you might lose is impossible to predict, given the variables that play a role. However, a healthy rate of weight loss is 1 to 2 pounds per week.
- American Council on Exercise: Zumba Fitness: Sure it’s Fun But is it Effective?
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: How Much Physical Activity Do Adults Need?
- HealthStatus: Calories Burned Calculator
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Balancing Calories
- American Council on Exercise: Trimming Off the Fat
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Losing Weight