What’s Zumba & What Does it Have to do with Mental Well-being? Ask Barwood Transportation, They Know!

Zumba is a popular fitness program inspired by Latin dance. The word “Zumba” comes from a Colombian word that means to move fast and have fun, which is just how people describe the routine (1).  What does Zumba have to do with My Mental Health Day 2011?  Barwood Transportation did more than support the campaign through a Corporate Sponsorship; like IQ Solutions, Barwood made an event of it for its employees.  Barwood brought in a Zumba instructor to run a class today!  “Boy was it HOT!  Even if you didn’t get all of the moves everyone got a lot out of hearing the music and having fun!”

Why Zumba? 

Dancing is a social activity. Studies have shown that strong social ties and socializing with friends contribute to high self-esteem and a positive outlook. Dancing provides many opportunities to meet other people. Joining a dance class can increase self-confidence and build social skills. Because physical activity reduces stress and tension, regular dancing gives an overall sense of well-being (2).

Here are some pics from Barwood’s Zumba Class:

Certified Zumba Instructor, Heyci Fuentes from Dansez Dansez in Bethesda, leads the Zumba class right in Barwood's lot.

Three of the participating Barwood folks try to beat the heat of the weather under a tent while taking on the heat of Zumba!









Photos and information courtesy of Kristina Bigby, Communication Specialist at Blue Star Group/Barwood Transportation.

(1)    About.com – http://dance.about.com/od/typesofdance/a/Zumba.htm

(2)    About.com – http://dance.about.com/od/danceandyourhealth/tp/Health-Benefits.htm

Thanks so much Barwood Transportation - for sharing these great photos, doing something fantastic for your employees and for your generous Corporate Sponsorship of My Mental Health Day 2011!

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