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Zumba - alternative cardio conditioning to make you sweat

If you've never tried dancing as a form of cardio conditioning, now is the time.

Even the First Lady likes Zumba
Even the First Lady likes Zumba
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Dancing burns major calories, gets your heart rate up, and is a wonderful total-body workout that engages the mind as well as the body. Benefits include reduced stress, fewer depression symptoms and a sharper mind from challenging choreography and learning new steps.

One place to start is Zumba Fitness - currently one of the most popular dance exercise programs worldwide - and so much fun you won't even realize how much you're sweating until the music stops. According to the official website, "Zumba exercise classes are 'fitness-parties' that blend upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography, for a total-body workout that feels like a celebration."

And who wouldn't want their workout to feel like a party?

Instructors are certified in basic Zumba rhythms and steps and teach more than 14 million people in over 185 countries, with class difficulty levels scaled to meet everybody's fitness goals, including seniors and kids. Find classes near you, scope out the fitness wear, learn more about the company and how to become a certified instructor and more at www.zumba.com.