Saturday, May 6, 2017

Top 10 Reasons to Try Zumba

by Victoria M. Johnson

Fifteen million people in 180 countries have made Zumba a world-wide phenomenon.  Zumba has become a dance-fitness revolution.  But what is it about this workout that is so special?  The same reasons why I think you'll love it:

1.    Hear great music.
         The exhilarating, mostly Latin music provides a festive atmosphere.

2.    Dance to the great music.
         You don't even have to know how to dance.

3.    Learn new dance styles in easy to follow steps.
         Your zumba certified instructor will cue you to their choreography steps in salsa, merengue, cumbia, reggaeton, and more.

4.    No experience required.
         Zumba is for anyone able to exercise.  No one expects you to be perfect.  No one expects you to know the steps.  Just follow the cues at your comfort level.

5.    No special equipment required.
         You don't have to buy expensive equipment.  You just need workout clothes that you probably already have and workout shoes that suit your needs.

6.    Meet other people.
         Come for the physical fitness; find camaraderie in the friendly classes.

Zumba instructor Victoria M. Johnson

7.    It's fun!
         You'll have so much fun that you'll forget you're burning calories.

8.    It's a total body workout.
         Gain strength and stamina.  Zumba helps improve cardiovascular health, muscle conditioning, and flexibility.

9.     Zumba is wonderful for the brain.
         Following along with the choreography gives your brain a workout too.  (In a fun way, of course.)  Zumba is good for your mental health.

10. Zumba is fantastic for the soul. 
         All that fun and movement reduces stress.  At the end of class, believe me, you'll feel energized and amazing.

Are you convinced to give Zumba a try?  I enjoyed Zumba class so much that I recently became a certified instructor.  If you live in Santa Cruz County in California, you're in luck.  That's where I teach on Sunday mornings at Cabrillo Fitness.  You can also check out my Zumba page.  Wherever you live I'm sure there's a class near you.  Do you already take Zumba?  What do you love about it?  Tell us in the comments below.

In addition to giving motivating zumba classes, Victoria M. Johnson knew by the time she was ten that she wanted to be a writer.  She loves telling stories and she's happiest when creating new characters and new plots.  Avalon Books and Montlake Romance published Victoria's fiction debut, The Doctor’s Dilemma.  Her other fiction book is a collection of romance short stories titled, The Substitute Bride and a novella, Hot Hawaiian Christmas. She is also the writer and director of four short films and two micro documentaries.   Visit Victoria's website at for inspiration and tips and find her Amazon author page or connect with her on Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. Great post! I'm not a Zumba participant, but I thought about it because I love to dance. I belong to a local gym and stuck with that instead though I one day might switch to Zumba. Sounds fun.

    1. Hi Fran--
      It's wonderful that you exercise. But maybe your gym can add a zumba class. I hope you can convince them to find an instuctor and give it a try.

  2. Your posts are always upbeat and informative, Victoria. Another good one.

    1. Hi Sandy--
      Thanks so much for your kind words!