Lifewatch: Zumba

Reported by Claire Hosmann - email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - There's a whole lot of jumping, shimmying and swaying going on at some exercise studios around the country.

Many people are now turning to Zumba as a form of exercise.  The dance form came to the United States in 1999, and has become one of the fastest growing fitness crazes in the country.

People of all ages are falling in love with its infectious music, easy-to-follow dance movements, and body-beautifying benefits.

Zumba is part dance and part aerobics.  The name stems from a Colombian slang word meaning "to buzz like a bee or move fast."

Now, you can find the fitness trend sweeping gyms around the country.

Latin music pulses during the hour-long cardio workout which focuses on the core muscles and the hips.

For some, Zumba is a way to relieve stress and leave class relaxed and relieved.

The music played in classes is inspired by traditional Cumbia, Salsa, and Meringue music.