Here’s How Zumba Helps Improve Your Mental Health!
If you’ve ever watched a Zumba class, you may have noticed that it has all the features of a Saturday night club. So, instead of hearing grunts while you typically sweat it out at a CrossFit class, a Zumba class boasts everything that would tear you from what you are doing and help you get grooving to catchy dance music, clapping hands, and the occasional whoop of excitement from an enthusiastic participant.
Zumba is a workout that involves movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance, performed to the beat of the music. It quickly became one of the most popular workouts around the world. However it is not just for physical fitness that it has become such a popular workout, it is a great workout for your mental health too. Here are several ways that Zumba can help you stay fit mentally.
The ‘Happy’ Dance
It is a form of fitness, that can improve your mind and body, and yes, it can make you dance – a happy dance such as Zumba. The program is especially helpful in relieving stress and coping with anxiety, and can even help you overcome post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.
Have Fun While You Workout
When you have fun you are more likely to stick to a workout and enjoy it even more. Your mental health also starts improving. You can’t really undermine the fun aspect of a workout. When you have more fun, you are more likely to leave your mental health issues behind and seamlessly integrate into the moment. There have been people reporting immense mental benefits just after clocking in a few sessions of Zumba.
It Reduces the ‘Fear’ of an Intensive Workout
Many women shy away from lifting those weights. They feel weights are too overpowering for them. Although there are loads of benefits of strength training, Zumba feels like a workout that isn’t as daunting. Well, if that statement sounds confusing, hear us out – when you go for a Zumba workout, you don’t feel the pressure of it. Instead, you feel like you are meeting your friends over a dancing session!
You start looking forward to it and you don’t raise those cortisol levels that usually come with a long intensive workout. Some people spend hours at the gym slogging hard but not losing a pound, mainly because their stress levels are too high, and it especially happens with people who suffer from anxiety or depression. Instead, Zumba makes you feel light and fresh.
Those Happy Hormones
We exercise not only to lose weight and improve our health parameters but also for the happy hormone rush, or should we say – endorphins. It instantly helps bust that stress bubble and help you move towards a happier state of mind, much like you may get from a cup of coffee, the instant burst of happiness without any of its jittery side effects.
It also acts as a therapeutic environment. It soothes and calms your mind. When you are coming out of a Zumba session, you are all sweaty and flushed with a smile lighting up your face. Yes, that’s the amount of joy you derive from it.
The Social Factor
If you are feeling overly stressed and anxious, you would rather stay at home and would even want to avoid any sort of company. However, a good companion can actually take your mind off things and make you feel good. Zumba classes present a good opportunity to shake a leg with a new buddy. There is nothing more fun than bumbling your way with silly, difficult, and fun poses – enjoying a chuckle or two with your friend. Although you may not go out to make new friends, you may always end up making many in this way. The next time you feel like skipping a workout, remember what you are missing out on, shrug off the lethargy, and go on to enjoy anyways.
Also, Zumba is performed in a judgment-free environment, where it does not matter how you perform the steps. What you and everybody really care about, is moving your body with a big smile on your face. That’s right – everyone is welcome at a Zumba class!
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