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Regular Zumba workouts can lead to a slimmer body.
If the term "thunder thighs" springs to mind when you check out your physique in the mirror, you might soon find yourself joining the gym with the intention of slimming down your thighs. One way to get results is by taking Zumba, which is a combination of aerobics and dance paired with up-tempo music. Dedication to this energetic form of exercise can help you build the body you desire.
Thigh Fat and Beyond
Slimming your thighs is possible through exercise and healthy changes to your diet, but you can't use Zumba or any other form of exercise to specifically zap your thigh fat. Your body burns calories as you move your thighs during a Zumba class, but the movement doesn't specifically burn the fat in this area. It's a myth, notes the American Council on Exercise, that you can choose the location of the body fat you wish to burn.
Dance Off the Calories
Losing your thigh fat and the excess fat elsewhere in your body transpires when you reach a caloric deficit, which means your body uses more calories than it consumes. The calories you burn during a Zumba class can contribute to this deficit. A person who weighs 150 pounds burns approximately 540 calories during a 60-minute Zumba class, notes HealthStatus. During the same duration of class, a 180-pound person burns about 647 calories.
Take a Consistent Approach
Zumba can lead to slimmer thighs, but not in just one or two classes. You must exercise regularly if you wish to lose fat. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, aerobic dance exercises are a vigorous form of workout. The CDC advises that adults who wish to lose weight should devote about 150 minutes per week to this form of exercise. For weight maintenance, closer to 75 minutes is sufficient. Thus, if your gym's Zumba classes are 60 minutes in length, aim to take three classes per week to surpass the 150-minute guideline. Remember, too, that you'll build your thigh muscles as you perform Zumba. Although the exercise can shrink your thigh fat, it can also potentially increase the size of your quadriceps.
Less Fat, Stronger Body and Mind
Zumba is more than just a way to lose body fat from your thighs and elsewhere. According to the American Council on Exercise, this upbeat activity delivers a variety of fitness benefits. The ACE notes that Zumba provides a full-body workout that leads to increased strength in your core muscles and more flexibility. The workout is suitable for people of varied fitness levels. Cardio activities such as Zumba, notes MayoClinic.org, can provide stress relief.