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Fitness Minutes: (74,443)
3,293 10/20/13 3:34 P
I don't enjoy doing Zumba from videos, but live classes can be fun. However, the quality and intensity vary a LOT. As someone else mentioned, you can go full out and get an amazing workout from Zumba or you can phone it in...and obviously that will have something to do with how many calories you are burning.
I'm not sure that you can really compare the two as they are so different. You might want to compare calories for your particular running workout vs. the estimates for Zumba...you can look it up under Cardio Dancing in the tracker.
Fitness Minutes: (110,829)
2,218 10/20/13 9:13 A
I love Zumba. I have it on WII and dvd
Fitness Minutes: (100,879)
3,743 10/20/13 7:52 A
If I were you, I would try out some Zumba routines on youtube or a similar site before purchasing DVDs. If you've never done it before, how do you know you'll like it?
As with a lot of forms of exercise, you get out of Zumba what you put into it. It is quite possible to follow the moves with a minimum of effort and only have a fairly moderate workout. However, if you throw yourself into it with enthusiasm, then it can be a really intense workout.
However, one thing about running is that it requires specific adaptations of the leg muscles and tendons to deal with the impact, and you need to run regularly to maintain this.
So perhaps the soundest approach might be to do something like Zumba as your regular go-to exercise to keep your overall cardio fitness levels up, but take the opportunity to run whenever there is a mild day.
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