Zumba + Arthritis = Good combination!
What exactly is Arthritis and what causes it?
Arthritis is a type of joint disorder in which one experiences inflammation of one or more joints. More than 100 forms of arthritis exist with Osteoarthritis being the most common. Other types include rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and related autoimmune diseases. It is very common in people who are 50 and above. Above 40 million American citizens have some form of arthritis or the other, and experience severe pain that restricts their activities in many ways.
There are quite a few causes that can lead to the development of this widespread issue.
- Age is a very important factor. With the passage of time our bones weaken and their natural ability to get repaired weakens and thus the likelihood to develop this disorder increases
- Previous injuries can contribute to contracting arthritis
- Being overweight can increase your chances of developing arthritis as more pressure is being exerted on your joints.
- Carrying out activities which require major physical work (construction workers for example or sportsman) can cause arthritis as well.
- People who already have a joint infection may get arthritis.
- Arthritis is believed to be genetic to some degree.
- Women are affected two to three times more often than men.
What exactly is Zumba and why is it right for you?
Zumba is a fitness program inspired by Latin dances. It combines aerobics with several Latin dances to allow participants to burn calories and to be in good shape. It was founded by Alberto “Beto” Perez in Columbia. His unique fitness program combines a variety of dances, namely; hip-hop, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo, and some Bollywood and belly dance moves. Furthermore, Martial arts, as well as squats and lunges are also practiced. Alberto’s fitness program facilitates exercising at both fast and slow places, allowing a resting period for those who engage in intense Zumba after which they can pick up their pace again. This makes long-term participation very easy.
Zumba is known to be a fun and jolly workout plan and that is probably because so much dancing is involved. Dancing is generally known to release positive energy, allowing one to let go of unnecessary stress and pressures of daily life. Indeed, studies suggest that exercise can be helpful in a number of ways. In fact, “Range-of-motion exercise” such as dance is the best form of exercise for people with arthritis because it helps sustain normal/functional joint movement and relieves stiffness. Zumba mostly consist of just dances, making it highly suitable for those who have arthritis.
Doing exercises lessens joint pain and stiffness and boosts:
- Muscle strength
- Cardiac fitness
Most people who arthritis complain about the pain. However the beautiful thing about dancing and Zumba in effect, is that it takes your mind off the pain. When you’re participating in a Zumba class your attention is devoted to dancing and having a good time as compared to a dull, monotonous workout at the gym. Moreover, aerobics is ALSO recommended for people with arthritis as it improves for cardiovascular health & helps control weight (being overweight is a major cause of arthritis). Zumba also happens to feature aerobics making Zumba is the ultimate exercise!
A 57 year old woman named Mary Clarkson Turek had arthritis but did not let that stop her from starting Zumba. Following a back surgery her curiosity and interest was instantly piqued by Zumba when she witnessed how much fun and upbeat Zumba seemed. Initially she did face discomfort as her body was not used to Zumba. However, with time her body became accustomed to it and she gained expertise. She lost 50 lbs in the course of her classes. She has now gone on to become the INSTRUCTOR of Aqua Zumba and couldn’t be happier. She claims that every class is a party!
Fitness Republics Advice to you:
Don’t let arthritis hinder you from living your life. Also, keep in mind there are many different types of Zumba, offering you a variety to choose from. Whichever you decide to chose you should know that it is wise to start slowly and eventually pick up pace because you do not want to exert too much pressure on your joints all of a sudden. Consult your physician before you decide to join the party!