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

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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) over-weight/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.


Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Nutritional Sciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX, USA 2: Health and Human Performance lab, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, USA 3: Health Sciences, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, USA 4: Larry Combest Community Health and Wellness center, School of Nursing, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX, USA 5: School of Nursing, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX, USA 6: Department of Nutritional Sciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA. [email protected]

Publication date: January 1, 2015

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