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Fitness

How to Choose the Right Workout for You

Is your workout really working? Here's how to choose the right routine to help you reach your fitness goals.
Woman doing a Zumba class Goal: Lose Weight

Level: Beginner to Advanced

Try: Zumba

High-intensity training is essential for weight management; it blasts calories and keeps you in your maximum safe heart rate zone. While typically referred to as an easy-to-follow fitness party, Zumba is a proven total-body workout. A research study at the University of Wisconsin found that people burned an average of 369 calories per Zumba class, and when they compared the data to other exercises, the Latin-infused dance program beat out cardio kickboxing and step aerobics. Additionally, they found that participants reached 80 percent of their maximum heart rate (the average heart rate was 154 beats per minute).

*One hour of Zumba burns roughly 500 calories based on a 140-pound woman.

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