The Hispanic Heritage Month (15th September-15th October) marks a favourite of many: Zumba; a fitness program created by the Colombian Dancer and Choreographer Alberto "Beto" Perez in 1998 in Cali, Columbia.
Fitness Day marks an event to enlighten people about the benefits of physical activity. A day projecting a happier, healthier lifestyle; motivating the masses towards the implications of physically inactive life. Improving our physical health has an incredible effect on our mental health. There is an improvement in our confidence, our social connections, and it helps us build up better communities.
Necessity is the mother of inventions
'Zumba' or 'Rumbacize' (as it was initially known as) was created by Perez, an aerobics instructor. One day, having forgotten to bring in his regular music, Perez made his class swing to the tunes of Latin music - Salsa and Merengue. Positive feedback motivated him to teach 'Rumbacize' regularly as an alternative for aerobics. Later in 2001, Perez partnered with Alberto Perlman and Alberto Aghion; released a series of fitness videos and sold via infomercial. Zumba is a trademark owned by Zumba Fitness, LLC. Today it has spread over the globe as an alternative to many traditional fitness regimes.
Zumba ensures full-body cardio, aerobic workout with music; which comes from varied dance styles, viz. Salsa, Merengue, Mambo, Flamenco, Samba, Hip-Hop, Tango, etc. It boosts heart health; acts as a definite stress buster; reduces anxiety, depression; and releases endorphins making you happy, triggering positive vibes.
Zumba is a definite go-to for all ages.
For kids, it is the perfect recipe for fun; provides them with an outlet to dance, jump, shake and swing. It helps boost their physical health; builds creativity and confidence; boosts their self-esteem; enhances moods; makes them happier and energetic; encourages teamwork and helps them be more social.
So, tune into your list of favourite numbers for the Zumba Rumble and A Bailar, Gente! (To Dance, People!)
Nos favorece el sol, un bronceado y el calor
No puede estar mejor!
~'Limbo', Daddy Yankee
We are favoured by the sun, a tan and the heat
It can not be better! Zu-zu-zumba!
In picture ~ Susmita Das
Video credit ~ Eva Das