Do you like to dance at all? (note: I did not ask whether you are GOOD at it, as that is mostly irrelevant)
Effective? I'm conditioned for Zumba (so that means I burn less calories than someone out of shape or heavier than me) and I burn 400-500 calories in a one hour class. So .. YES!
High impact? No, but each instructor teaches differently. High impact is defined as a lot of jumping. Some instructors jump a lot but you can choose not to do the jumping, just step in stead. High intensity? Absolutely. But you can always tone up or tone down ANYTHING in Zumba to make it work for you.
I thought step was harder to follow than Zumba. No equipment to trip over. The music is tracked, not continuous, so it's very different. Just go try it! :)
"Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely." -Tanya Beardsley, Zumba Education Specialist
"There is a choice you make in everything you do, and in the end, the choice you make...makes you." -John Maxwell
"If you want to change your life, then you must change your life." -Unknown
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