Zumba® Dance Improves Health in Overweight/Obese or Type 2 Diabetic Women

Krishnan, Sridevi; Tokar, Theresa N.; Boylan, Mallory M.; Griffin, Kent; Du Feng; Mcmurry, Linda; Esperat, Christina; Cooper, Jamie A.
January 2015
American Journal of Health Behavior;Jan/Feb2015, Vol. 39 Issue 1, p109
Academic Journal
Objective: To evaluate the feasibility and health improvements from a Zumba ® intervention in overweight/obese women. Methods: Twenty-eight (14 type 2 diabetic and 14 non-diabetic) overweight/ obese women (BMI: 37.3±1.5 kg/ m2 ) 50.8±1.8 y of age, completed a 16- week intervention attending Zumba® dance classes 3 days/week, 60 minutes/ class. We measured aerobic fitness, body weight, body fat %, and motivation to exercise before and after the study. Results: Intrinsic motivation to exercise (p < .05) and aerobic fitness (1.01 ± 0.40 mL/kg/min, p < .05) improved, and the participants lost body weight (-1.05 ± 0.55kg, p < .05) and body fat% (-1.2 ± 0.6%, p < .01). Conclusion: The Zumba® intervention improved health and physical fitness in women.


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