By Amanda Hatfield Anderson
BREVARD -- One of the best ways to maintain a heart-healthy way of life is through regular exercise.
What better way to get into the groove of a heart-healthy lifestyle than through Zumba, especially during National Heart Health Month?
A fun, exciting form of cardiovascular exercise, Zumba has taken the world by storm with its signature Latin-beat sound.
Crystal Morrell, owner of Studio Z Florida in the Eau Gallie Arts District, has been helping people of all ages live a heart-healthy life as a dance and fitness instructor since October 2008. Ms. Morrell opened Studio Z Florida on Jan. 6, 2014.
"Studio Z has friendly attendees, professional wood dance floors, lockers and showers, more than 100 parking spaces and an elite team of instructors and teachers," Ms. Morrell said of her business.
Studio Z offers drum and guitar lessons, yoga, yoga fit, Piloxing, Dance Trance, hip-hop, salsa, Island Fever, art classes, Zumba, kids Zumba, kids summer camps, basic steps, Zumba for seniors, Zumba Toning, Rev-30, core flow, power dance, club dance, event and space rentals and more.
"Zumba is a dance fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto 'Beto' Perez, during the 1990s," Ms. Morrell said. "Zumba involves dance and aerobic elements. Zumba's choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, mabo and martial arts. Squats and lunges are also included in routines."
Ms. Morrell said that Zumba is such a popular way for people to exercise, approximately 14 million people participate in weekly Zumba classes in more 150 countries.
So, just how does Zumba help one's cardiovascular health?
"Zumba makes getting to your target heart rate much easier than standard workout routines that you'd find on a DVD or in a gym," Ms. Morrell explained. "It does this by using sounds that play around 145 beats per minute."
The fast-paced music helps the body to feel natural, while moving around quickly, helping Zumba participants on the path toward true aerobic exercise.
For those who may be intimidated by the quick Latin beat, Studio Z offers a free 25-minute basic steps class on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and Thursdays at 5 p.m.
"Zumba is a great alternative to traditional fitness programs," Ms. Morrell said. "It motivates you to get up and get moving with its signature Latin music beat. Implementing Latin rhythms can make working out more fun. The speed of the beat also lends itself to making you work out faster than you might do otherwise. This helps your heartbeat get to its target rate more efficiently."
Studio Z Florida is located at 1411 Highland Ave., Melbourne.
For more information about Studio Z Florida, visit www.studiozflorida.com or call (321) 427-7223.