July is Dance Appreciation Month, and what better way to get your body moving than in a Zumba class? This Latin-dance inspired fitness program feels more like a party than a workout with upbeat music, energetic instructors and neon-colored gear. But make no mistake; you will be torching major calories and sweating bullets as you dance your way to a healthier body. And here’s another benefit you might not be aware of – Zumba can naturally boost your digestive health!
Zumba falls into the category of aerobic exercise, which is an integral part of keeping your digestive system healthy. Aerobic exercise promotes digestion by increasing blood flow to the organs and stimulating the muscles of the GI tract. This can prevent uncomfortable conditions like constipation and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) from occurring. Exercise also speeds up digestion, which lowers your chances of experiencing heartburn or acid reflux. Just 30 minutes of physical activity each day is all you need to make a noticeable difference, and you can easily knock that out in just one Zumba class!
Zumba also promotes digestive health by helping you shed excess pounds. Recent studies have shown that weight loss can improve symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in overweight and obese patients. Losing 10 to 15 pounds can improve GERD symptoms by up to 40 percent, but weight loss does not have to be drastic to make a difference. Even losing just a few pounds will reduce pressure on the abdomen and help relieve reflux symptoms.
So what are you waiting for? Do something good for your body and find a Zumba class near you. It’s a great way to improve your digestion and overall fitness, but chances are, you’ll be having too much fun to care!