Ditch the Workout...Join the Party!

What is a Zumba fitness class like? It's a very exciting dance party atmosphere full of Latin and international music. You'll forget you're working out with the sexy but simple moves to dance music like Cha Cha, Salsa, reggaeton, rumba and more. Best of all, you don't need any previous dance experience!

It's fun and effective, using interval training combining fast and slow rhythms for an effective aerobic workout while at the same time targetting your legs, abs, glutes and arms.

The workout is basically watch and follow. The moves are repeated often enough for you to catch on and they're not complicated. The routines are repeated week after week with additions every now and then to spice things up even more!

According to the Zumba website, "Zumba combines high energy and motivating music with unique moves and combinations that allow the Zumba participants to dance away their worries. It is based on the principle that a workout should be 'FUN AND EASY TO DO' in order for Zumba participants to stick to the Zumba fitness program to achieve long-term health benefits. Zumba is not only great for the body, but it is also great for the mind. It is a 'feel happy' workout."

Zumba is very infectious and is definitely the latest, most exciting fitness sensation! What a fun way to workout to lose weight or just become a healthier new you - you'll love the results. Be sure to bring your family and friends to be a part of the Zumba Fitness party! Check out the Zumba website here for more info: http://www.zumba.com/. Happy Zumba-ing :-)

Zumba with Heather: http://www.energiezumba.com

How To Treat a Dance Injury

How To Treat a Dance Injury
By Treva Bedinghaus, About.com

If you injure yourself while dancing, you should be aware of the proper and immediate treatment. Some injuries only require self-treatment, but more severe injuries need to be treated by a doctor. Immediate treatment will speed the healing process. A simple way to remember the first aid treatment is to keep in mind the follwing acronym: RICE.

R= Rest
I= Ice
C= Compression
E= Elevation

RICE is the recipe for first aid.

Time Required: First 48 hours after the injury occurs

Here's How:

Rest: Stop using the injured area as soon as you experience pain.
Ice: Apply ice immediately to the injured area for 15 to 20 minutes several times a day for the first 48 hours.
Compression: Firmly wrap the injured body part with an elastic or compression bandage between icings.
Elevation: Raise the injured part to decrease the blood supply to the injured area.

If you suffer a dance injury, stop dancing immediately. Continuing to dance may greatly worsen an injury.

The following injuries require immediate professional attention: patellar tendinitis, shin splints, sprains, and stress fractures.

Use common sense while dancing...pushing your body beyond its limits will almost always cause an injury.

What You Need:
Possibly a doctor

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