Dhaka would be the only city in the world where parents can’t tell their children to go out and play. Go outside and play where? Next to a construction site, or a small patch of grass right next to the high way? Zumba for Kids might be the best alternative out there at the moment.
Unless you are lucky enough to be living in a residential area with its own park, it not easy to send children outside to play. With Zumba for kids, children dance to music which gives them a workout, they feel energetic and all that exercise gives them the same benefits they would by playing outside.
How it works
You put on the program on a screen, and set your children free in front of it. Music starts to play and instructors show them how to do the moves.
Available for different age groups, Zumba comes in 3 types: Zumba for Kids for ages 7 to 11, Zumba for Kids Jr. for ages 4 to 6, and the cutely named Zumbini for toddlers to age 3. While the first has appropriate music and moves, and highlights confidence building in children so that they are fearless in expressing themselves by dance, the latter ones are designed so children can have a "dance 'n' play party for lil' feet," and "wiggle, sing and learn."
Where to get Zumba
Video Game: Zumba Kids video game
For: Nintendo Wii, and Xbox 360 game systems.
For children 7 to 12, the player can dance alone or in a group of 2 or 4 with family and friends. 30 songs are available to a varied music collection from surf, cumbia, and even Justin Bieber.
Video Game: Zumba Fitness World Party
For: Nintendo Wii, Wii U, and Xbox 360 and Xbox One game systems.
ESRB has rated this game with an E (for everyone), children dance to music from all over the world, and the game helps them learn geography too.
App: Zumba Dance app
For: iOS and Android
For smartphones and tablets, it allows the workouts to be shared with children at home. It should be mentioned that it is a paid app.
What if you don’t want to shell out some cash? Just make your own playlist, and your own dance moves and start dancing, kids will join in when they see how much fun you are having. Make it a habit and stick to it. It’ll be better for both you and your children’s fitness.