? While fitness crazes are often fleeting, exercise is one of the most important things people can do for their health. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, only 31% of American adults regularly exercise while 39.5% get no physical activity at all. An easy way to stay up-to-date on American health statistics is by getting a magazine subscription to Consumer Reports/Health, Prevention or Health magazine. Doctors, researchers and other healthcare professionals stress that exercise is a key component to a well-balanced and healthy lifestyle. Exercise helps prevent serious physical and mental ailments. The benefits of exercise are numerous, from stronger bones, greater lung power, a healthier heart to a sharper brain and a happier spirit. This information continues to fail to fully motivate Americans to consistently exercise as does the many fitness crazes that have swept the U.S. in the last 30+years. As for Zumba, the latest fitness craze, celebrity fitness trainer Beto Perez developed the Latin-inspired fitness program in his native country of Colombia, South America in the mid 1990s. In 1999, after his success in Colombia, Perez brought the class to the U.S. People magazine reports that singer Shakira is a big fan of the Zumba exercise program. Other celebrities reported to participate in Zumba are Eva LaRue, Vivica A. Fox, Stacy Kiebler, Hunter Tylo and former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres. The Zumba program combines Latin rhythms designed to be fun and calorie-burning. The routines feature interval training sessions with fast and slow rhythms and resistance training combined to tone and sculpt the body while burning fat. Dance steps incorporated in Zumba routines include salsa, meringue, hip hop, mambo and flamenco, among many others. Read more about various styles of Latin dance styles in Dance, Dance Spirit and Dance Teacher magazines. In addition to Zumba, also gaining popularity, is a modified version of the Zumba fitness program known as Zumba Gold. Zumba Gold is a dance-focused exercise program for active older adults. Read magazines like Womens Health, Shape and Fitness to find out more about which Zumba fitness program is best for your physical abilities.