Zumba aims to make exercise fun with upbeat music, a positive environment and fairly simple movements that beginners can pick up on right away. The full-body routine typically leaves participants sweating and satisfied with their workout.
A typical hour-long Zumba class includes warm-up and cool-down periods to stretch your muscles and prevent injury. Though the program takes inspiration from Latin dance, you don't need to be a great dancer to enjoy the benefits of Zumba. Just follow the lead of your instructor as you jump, slide and shake along to the music. Zumba claims its aerobic workout can burn hundreds of calories per hour, depending on your body type and the intensity with which you perform the maneuvers.