Benefits of Movement

Zumba PARTY 90’s STYLE!

ONE NIGHT ONLY!

Take yourself back to a simpler time when the music had a quick beat, your hair had lots of VOLUME, neon was the only color to wear!

YES! WE WILL ZUMBA TO ALL OUR FAVORITE 90’s TUNES!

When:  Wednesday July 26th at 6:45pm-7:45pm

Dress code: Whatever you want BUT best dressed 90’s ROCKSTAR will win a PRIZE!

DINNER TO FOLLOW:

Community is always important to me AND we have one of the BEST communities of ladies in the West End of Toronto!

You are invited to join for dinner and drinks after class if you like! (usual price is around $15 per person)

 

HOPE YOU CAN MAKE IT!

 Bring a friend and you AND your friend will attend for FREE!

2352 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario

Contact Information:

Tammy Gunn- Host/Instructor

E: liveoutloudmovement@gmail.com

W: www.liveoutloudmovement.com

C: 416-857-4862

RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY!

Benefits of Movement, Personal Stories

The Journey Starts with a Single Step….

Before I became a zumba instructor and speaker, I had been searching for something I loved to do. Like many people, I was walking around going from job to job unfulfilled in my journey.  Don’t get me wrong, I had a lot of really great jobs and worked with a lot of really great people….but none of the work I was doing was filling that void I felt.

I started taking zumba to first find a fitness that I would stick to and enjoy as many other sports/fitness didn’t interest me and also because I found myself getting lost in the music and walking away feeling like that void I kept feeling would disappear.

As time went on, I found myself looking so forward to class and for me, at the time, it wasn’t really about the workout anymore, it was about how it made me feel the moment the music came on and my body began to move. It was like I could feel all of the issues I was having during the day just start to fall right off of me and I would be smiling from ear to ear by the end of class.

The more I did it, the more I wanted others to have this experience.  I realized my love for music and movement is what had been missing in my life. I didn’t even have any intention to become an instructor but then at some point, it just happened.

To this day, I still have days that are stressful but the difference is that everyday, I dance it away with amazing women and we laugh and sweat and leave all our worries at the door.  It doesn’t mean that the worries or stresses don’t come back either. Sometimes they do…..and then, I dance again and reflect on what needs to happen and most times I gain clarity on what I am dealing with while I am busting a move!

Becoming an instructor was one of the greatest gifts I could give to myself.   When I hear people say, “all journey starts with a single step”, I totally get it…and then this journey was followed up by a cha-cha-cha and I am forever grateful.

Let me support you in finding the mental, emotional and physical release you want/need in life. If you love music, you will love zumba. Anyone really CAN do it no matter your shape, mindset, physical disability….when there is a will, there is a way!

Let’s discover it together. I am on your side! 🙂

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Benefits of Movement, Health & Well Being

Let’s Sweat, Laugh and PLAY!

I have seen the snow…IT’S COMING!

I have just returned from a visit to Saskatchewan and I am here to warn you that it is COMING! Be sure to come to Zumba class and keep your bodies warm and active!

Now is the time to dance away your stress and lose a few inches without even knowing it!

Classes are all ON! You can dance with me Monday to Friday! WOOHOO!

Cannot wait to see you! First class is FREE, there is nothing to lose but stress and inches! 🙂

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Benefits of Movement

Attitude of Gratitude….Thank YOU!

I just want to speak from the heart today and say………

Thank you.  

Whether we have met or not, you are someone in life who is reading this message and that makes you someone special to me. I do not need to have met you to know that there is somewhere in your life that you have taken something on and it has been amazing whether it have been for yourself, your family, friends, co-workers or a complete stranger….at some point in your life you did something or were someone who made a difference for someone else.

Thank you.

In a world that can sometimes seem really hard and that you are not appreciated….. I want you to know you are. You are appreciated and if you look around you, you will see it.

Thank you and appreciation of others does not even have to come because someone has done something for you either. It can just be that in this world of miracles you were created and you are on this earth and that in itself is something to appreciate and be thankful for!

Today I choose to look for the gold in every person I come in contact with, including myself.

Take on the challenge to thank or appreciate 5 people today.  Whether it be face to face, in a text, over a loud-speaker, in a taxi, a neighbor, a friend, a co-worker, family, yourself.  Begin taking on being thankful each and every day and watch your world expand!  The more thankful and appreciative you become, the happier you will become, the easier things in life become to deal with.

Thank YOU for reading this today! 

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Check YOUR INBOXES!!! SUMMER SAVINGS AND NEWSLETTERS JUST WENT OUT!!!

August PASS SALES ARE AWESOME!!!

As an incentive to get you ready for August and September I am offering AMAZING savings on passes!!
5 class pass (good for 6 weeks) $50    reg. $60
10 class pass (good for 3 mos.) $75    reg. $90
20 class pass (good for 6 mos.) $140  reg. $160
30 class pass (good for 6 mos.) $215  reg. $240
Unlimited 30 days $60                            reg. $70
Reminder: if you have classes about to expire OR are expired, purchase anyone of the passes above and your old classes will automatically RENEW to the new expiry date!
ALL CLASSES TAKE PLACE AT 2352 ST. CLAIR AVENUE WEST, TORONTO
a.k.a: Oscar Romero Party Room
Personal Stories

Halfway to 80 & Embracing It!

I was teaching Zumba at a highschool a while ago when some of the girls thought I was in my mid 20’s. While extremely flattered, I let them know I was almost 40 years old.  One of the girls then said “Whoa! You are half-way to 80!!!”

Ummm…ya….so, how would you respond to that?

It took me a moment to recoup….mainly because I never thought of 40 as half-way to 80 but she was absolutely right!  It began a journey of putting a lot of things in perspective for myself.

When I go into high schools now I often talk to girls about how they take care of themselves and manage their stress levels and look with them as to what they can do when they are out of highschool and on to university to support them in managing stress and being in a whole new world.  I think it is important to have this conversation with teens. Whether they do something about it right away or tuck that conversation away until it resurfaces down the road….fitness is a huge component to not only being physically fit but mentally fit as well and it’s important for young people and teens to know they can use fitness as an outlet over having to take medications to manage stress, anxiety and other issues.

When I was actually in my 20’s I was one of the most unhealthy people I knew!  I had it like “oh, I will be fine!”….”I will never get sick or be over weight”…….WRONG!

I am now looking back over the last 20 years and I must say, 20’s were unhealthy and then I woke up in my very late 20’s, early 30’s and realized I needed to do something about where my health and well-being was headed.  It was like the universe began to knock on my door saying “HEY YOU!! I am coming for you if you don’t wake up!!”

And I did! I answered that door and quickly!

My 30’s have really taken on a level of health and fitness I never thought would be possible for me.  It has always been a “one foot in front of the other” kind of experience to get to here.

Have you ever heard the question “how do you eat an elephant?”

Answer: one bite at a time.

I realized that I couldn’t just all of a sudden be healthy. I had to start somewhere and slowly work my way through it.

And I did! One bite at a time.

My 30’s became about embracing a positive mindset (mindset is ALWAYS the best place to start), learning about foods, finding physical activities I love to do…to the point (for me) that it became a career.  The further I went with it, the more I wanted to support others in finding their fitness and wellness passions that they may not even be aware existed!

Now here I am, about to embrace my “halfway to 80” life and I feel younger now than I ever did.  The older I get, the more wisdom in taking care of myself and those around me I feel and wish to contribute to.  Age is just a number but in those numbers comes wisdom, strength, courage when you listen for the gold in your life and answer when the universe knocks!

Be You. Embrace Age. Love Life.

If you feel like you are unclear what will make the difference for you for health and well-being but are ready to answer that door, send me an email, lets talk!

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Benefits of Movement

Thoughts That Keep Us Stuck In Life….

Some days I wake up and I am not in a good mood. I am not very nice with myself and as my own worst critic I start the day with being mean to me.

Can anyone relate?

I have been known to take on the attitude that I am not good enough and the evidence to prove that I am not enough shows up in the way that I would be “more” successful in my career, I would be making “more” money, I would be able to see my family “more”, I would have “more” free time to do what I want to do while balancing everything else….

Notice the word “more” and how much it shows up?

Yes. Sometimes we are the worst with the person we should be loving the most.

Ourselves.

Nobody is immune to this way of thinking. If there was a magic pill that could be taken to interrupt this thinking, we probably all would have taken it by now.

There is not.

There is however, the ability for each of us to notice when we are doing it and begin to shift the way we think about ourselves.  There are tools we have as human beings that can have this way of thinking begin to disappear.

Some of the tools I have used and continue to use as I have found them to be very successful are the following:

  • As crazy as it may sound….FITNESS…this is my #1 way to interrupt it. When I begin to work out, no matter how down I am or being hard on myself, I can’t help but feel every molecule in my body come alive with a sense of renewed energy that pumps me up in a positive way!  The happy endorphins that are released when I am moving my body….sends me into a state of euphoria and pleasure that has the rest of my thoughts for the day completely shift to positivity.
  • Being in communication….not from complaining or being a victim of my thoughts….just being in communication with a friend or colleague or physician about what is going on. If you do this, I strongly suggest you pick someone who will not buy into your “oh woe is me” story but someone who can hear it, get it, and either coach you through it or just listen and not judge or pass their opinion on..
  • Journaling…..writing down what is happening in your thoughts is very powerful. Many times when I can see it on paper I can finally see what the disconnect is. I can see how cruel I am being to myself and that what I am saying to myself just doesn’t coincide with who I am in reality.
  • Take time out to be in nature….and BE in the moment. Can you appreciate the beauty of the grass in a park, the tree out your window, the stunning world in which we live in? I call it the “stop and smelling the roses” moment. We have all heard that term but do you ever just take a moment to appreciate life and all the beauty in it?  When I am wrapped up in making myself wrong, I can always bet that I haven’t stopped to see what is physically around me.  The moment I do, is the moment I can breathe again.

These are just a few methods that I use to come back to reality. See, what I have learned is those thoughts we have about ourselves are just that….thoughts…..and thoughts CAN become things if we listen to them like they are the truth.  I am choosing every day to think thoughts that will serve me now and in the future and to interrupt those thoughts that work to tear me apart.

What will you choose?

If you are struggling and need someone to listen, coach, or work with you on creating a fitness or nutrition program that will support you….please reach out. I am here.

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Health & Well Being

Summer Is On It’s Way!

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It seems that summer is here on most days already!  With that being said, now is the time to get outside and walk, run, play and of course DANCE!

In the spirit of summer it is always great to keep the body moving and stay active!  Taking regular zumba classes will support you in staying active and full of energy!

In a regular zumba class you can burn calories, drop inches, make new friends, smile more than you have all week and dance away anything that has you stressed or worried.  Classes are fun and it is not a typical workout experience.

Bring a Friend Deal
This time of year is always great to bring that friend who has always been wanting to come out and “try” a class.
In addition to your friend receiving a FREE first class, you will too!  If your friend chooses to sign up for regular classes, they will receive 10% off (for ie. a 10 class pass which is $90, would be $81) whichever pass they choose to buy and YOU will receive the same discount when you purchase your next pass as a Thank You from Me To You for bringing your friends/family and/or co-workers to experience the FUN and FITNESS of a Zumba experience!
COMING SOON:
The 5 class pass.
$55
Good for 5 weeks from the time you use the first class.
I want you to save some money and dance the summer away!  Get your moves all ready for the next pool party you go to! 🙂
Come check us out! All classes are ON for the month of June!
RSVP today to hold you AND your friends spot!

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Health & Well Being, Personal Stories

BIRTHDAY ZUMBA MONTH!!

This is a BIG year for me! This is my last year in my 30’s and I could not be more excited! Many times people get upset when they are moving into a new decade….I think….LET’S MAKE THE MOST OF IT!

As your friendly neighborhood Zumba instructor (and that is literally if you live in the Runnymede/St. Clair area) I want to celebrate with ALL of you this month!

Come on out for a FREE first class!  Passes will be ON SALE for the month of May and I promise we will SWEAT, LAUGH, SHAKE IT, BURN CALORIES and have the INCHES SLIDE RIGHT OFF!

For more information on class times, please click on the ZUMBA PARTY SCHEDULE tab to the left of this message….come on….go for it…check it out now…YOU CAN DO IT! 🙂

Contact me directly by filling in the fields below! SEE YOU SOON!

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Benefits of Movement

Listening To Your Body Needs & Wants: Confession

Confession:

I have denied my body for years any listening I could have for it up until about 10 years ago when I began to take my health very seriously.   There would be times I would listen with one ear and times I would tune out how I was feeling all together.

Can anyone relate?

I am very driven and putting it all out there, stubborn as an ox. I am a true Taurian!

Recently, since January, I have struggled off and on with breathing issues.  I do not have asthma and there is no hereditary signs of lung or heart issues.  For a while I was thinking ” I should get this checked out.” and then would make excuses to not call the Doctor and get an appointment.

You ever do that? “Should” on yourself?  I think we all do at times.

I used to also think when I was younger, “ya, I will get around to that physical…nothing is bothering me right now.”

These are dangerous thoughts when it comes to ones health.

Now, in my very late thirties, I am being probably the best listener to what is going on than I have ever been in my life.  See, when I listen to my body, it tells me everything I need to know about how to take care of it. When to drink water, when to sleep, when to exercise, when to go to the doctor. I am more alert and aware of what is happening physically, mentally and emotionally and it really did take something to start listening (not from being worried about everything) to what my body has to say.

Each of us are built differently. While we all have similarities that make us a human being, all of our bodies may operate just a little bit different and respond to exercise or treatments differently.

When I stopped “should’ing” on myself, I could see that the steps I needed to take to ensure this vessel I am in still keeps its “new car looks and parts” was that I needed to see my Doctor and let her know what was going on and how I was feeling.  It hasn’t slowed me down BUT I am clear if I don’t get this looked into, it could be something that escalates.

You know how it is easier to deal with something while it is small before it turns into a full-out life-altering event….small problem vs. big problem.

I am going through a lot of tests right now, continuing my fitness with my Doctor’s approval and I am listening to what my body needs and wants.  I know I will be okay because I am now awake and listening…. If my body wants a 20 minute cat nap, I take it! If it wants to dance like nobody is watching….well you totally know that WILL happen!  If I feel I am pushing myself too hard, I slow down.

I take this conversation very seriously with my own clients as well.  Listen to your bodies and know what you can and cannot do. It is not a problem to slow down for a class and take it at your own pace. Depending on your day and how you are feeling you may or may not be able to give 100% and its totally okay.  Your health must come first!

The problem in life and as a human is we all think it “won’t happen to me”  mentality to whatever it is and then BAM…you/I are dealing with it.  If you really listen, sometimes the warning signs are there….or my visual is always a “check engine” light will begin to flash and that is when you need to….well….check your engine…and better yet, just like an oil change….get checked over every 5000 km to ensure you and I are running perfectly!

Writing this, I am realizing how much better we are to our cars at times than we are to our bodies…just an observation! 😉

The moral of this blog today is listen to what your body needs.  Meditate. Spend some time with your self and discover what you see will support optimum health for your self and by all means, keep your check engine light working and your oil changed every 5000 km!

Take care of your selves out there!

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