To Zumba or not to Zumba?

We all know that shaking it on the dance floor (or our living room, car, wherever) makes us feel really good. And we know that it can make us break into a sweat. But what about the amazing health benefits that are associated with dancing? There are lots of published studies available now to educate us.

Incorporating dance into your regular routine may lead to: 

  • A More Active Lifestyle Overall.  A recent study looked at the effect of Latin Dance on overall physical activity in older adults. The group who danced regularly actually became more active over the 4-month test period and beyond. It was found that their physical function improved, as well, not only were they walking more often but they started walking even faster than before.
  • Better Mental Health. Striving for happiness is a common goal we all share. And there’s proof that dancing can help us reach that goal. A meta-analysis looked at data from 20 years of research findings and found that regular dance showed improvements in depression, anxiety, well-being, mood, and even body image.
  • Decreased Risk of Dementia. The New England Journal of Medicine conducted a study, which suggests that leisure activities, such as dancing, result in a reduced risk of developing dementia as we age. Retaining our memory and cognitive function as we get older is hugely important. 
  • Alleviated Symptoms of Serious Diseases. Several studies have shown that dance may help alleviate symptoms and/or improve function in patients dealing with breast cancer treatment, heart disease, and even Parkinson Disease.

So, while most of us dance just to feel great, relieve stress, or get our heart rates going, it’s amazing to know that this globally-loved activity can actually have such a positive effect on our long-term health. 

So to Zumba or not to Zumba? Yes, Yes, Yes

For more information and to find out how you or your school can Zumba your way to better wellbeing, please contact Tanya Elias on

Read our 20 Benefits of Cycling blog article too! 

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