Benefits of Movement

Weather and Importance of Movement

I don’t know about you but I am DEEPLY affected by weather conditions. Some people think that is crazy. I am here to tell you that I do not believe it is crazy AT ALL!

This year I have been personally struggling. 

On cold rainy days, I want nothing more than to crawl into my bed and wait it out.  Had I done that though, I would still be hibernating between my sheets and we are halfway through May!

I have always been affected by weather.  It is a REAL THING so please know you are not alone if you have these feelings in your body show up. Symptoms include: pain in low back and neck, pressure headaches, eyes aching, respiratory issues, aching all over, mood swings.

For many of you who know me, you may be thinking this is ridiculous that I am saying this happens to me as I come across as cheerful most of the time…I am not and experience all these symptoms quite regularly with our current weather system.

Honestly, there is really only one true Godsend that I have found that works for me……MOVEMENT and lots of it!

Movement has been imperative to my health and even more so with the long winter we have had this year.

I struggle most days to “want” to get up and move. The good news for me is, it is my career so not really a choice to say “ah, I will go tomorrow.”  There are days I just feel my brain screaming “I do not want to do this today!” and everyday that these internal struggles show up, I know I have to go whether I like it or not and here is the best part….

It’s really juicy….EVERY TIME the music comes on, within 5 seconds of the first beat, everything begins to shift. It’s like coming up from holding your breathe under water for a long time. That first inhale is so refreshing…As the music and dance continues on, I can feel my WHOLE body and mind coming ALIVE as if I had been in a coma prior to that moment.  By the end of 60 minutes, those pains, breathing, headache, mood swings…they are GONE!

I am AWAKE. I am ALIVE. I am ME AGAIN!

The hardest part in all of it is just getting myself to the location of a class. Once there, the whole world shifts.

In all my 42 years I have never found something that holds such a profound impact on not just my physical health but my mental and emotional health as well all at the same time.

I have spoke to many ladies recently who I am clear are dealing with the same thing. Many have commented on “I was going to come but I am just so tired right now.” Or “I was going to come but this weather has got me down.”

I want you to know I get it. I want you to know I experience it too.

I want you to know there is a way past all of that for you to FEEL GREAT even now, with the weather the way it is.

I cannot change Mother Nature, however, I can shift what I am doing to have my life working and positive no matter what Mother Nature decides to do, and YOU CAN TOO!

You are not alone. 

Come out to a class and let’s MOVE together! 🙂

Much love,

Tammy

 

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Health & Well Being

We Keep It Cool!

Class size for group fitness in the dead heat of summer can tend to drop off a bit. With people vacationing and quite frankly, many people nearly fearing going to sweat in a class when they are already sweating just walking down the side walk!

I hear ya!

Although, I do disagree with giving up your work out due to hot temperatures outside.   There are things you and your instructor can do to make your workout experience pleasurable in the heat.

  1. Keep your classes indoors with air conditioning and or fans running during the entire workout.
  2. The night before, throw your water bottle in the freezer, as well as a wet face cloth. Take these out of your freezer on your way to class. Use the towel on the back of your neck throughout your workout and be sure to drink plenty of water. Bring one bottle of water frozen and another at room temperature.  DRINKS LOTS OF WATER!!!
  3. Instructors, SLOW DOWN the class a bit.  People are going to sweat and get a workout anyway, you can do some work where you are slowing down the moves, having them be more intentional in their moves will still have them work up a sweat and burn calories!
  4. STOP! If you need to take a break, do it! Listen to your body! You know it best. If you need to sit one song out and recoup, do it. Don’t be the hero!
  5. Bring a change of clothes.  At the end of a work out, be able to change right away. Getting out of the wet clothes will help bring your body temperature down and back to normal and not leave you going home in the sweaty, most likely stinky if you are like me, that a good workout gives you!

Following these small and yet super helpful tips will get you back at your favorite workout whether it is hot out or not.

Come RAIN or SHINE, we ZUMBA all the time and we welcome you to too!!!

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Health & Well Being

When Injuries Occur……

It was a rainy day in Toronto…..in my haste I went running in my rubber boots into the bank.  Before I knew it, I was laying on the floor staring at the ceiling.  Yep! I fell!  When I went to get up I could start to feel my hip beginning to ache, my shoulder hurting and my head was in a cloudy daze.

This went on all day and I still had to get to class and teach zumba.  The last thing I wanted to do at that moment was work out but I had no options.  Cancelling a class in NOT an option for me.  My peeps are too important!

I made my way to the class and got there early so I proceeded to take a 20 minute power nap.  I still wasn’t feeling great and upon arrival, told my participants what had happened.  I told them I would give them a great workout but I may not participate like I usually do.

Class begun, the music began to fill the room, we began to stretch and almost instantaneously I began to feel better than I had all day! It was amazing! The cloud above me began to lift and there I was feeling almost back to normal!

Stretching and rest can be two of the basic necessities your body needs when recovering from an injury.  In my class I was able to stretch and support others in stretching and from there I went home and right to bed.  Within 2 days, I began to feel normal…..well….as normal as I ever am! 😉

The point of this is, its important to not curl up in a ball and give in to the pain.  Stretch it out, ice it or use heat if you have too and then sleep.  Listen to what your body needs and it will last you a lifetime….your life time!

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