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Dance Fitness Is an Effective, Health-Enhancing Activity for Adults  

A study published online in the Journal of Sports Science evaluated the effects of Zumba® Fitness on markers of cardiovascular health, inflammation, and health-related quality of life among overweight, inactive women living in the community. Twenty women were randomly assigned to one or two hours of weekly Zumba® Fitness classes or maintenance of usual physical activity. 

Results showed that women in the Zumba® group saw improved fitness capacity, decreased body fat percentage, and lower levels of inflammatory markers. There were also improvements noted in health-related quality of life, including in physical functioning, fatigue, and emotional well-being. The authors concluded that Zumba® Fitness was an effective, health-enhancing activity for adults. In addition to a safe, supportive place to be active, many health clubs offer Zumba® or other cardio dance classes.

Domene PA1, Moir HJ1, Pummell E1, Knox A2, Easton C2. The health-enhancing efficacy of Zumba® fitness: An 8-week randomised controlled study. J Sports Sci. 2016 Aug;34(15):1396-1404. Epub 2015 Nov 16.

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