Benefits of Movement, Health & Well Being, Personal Stories

Zumba is so much fun!

If you are someone who goes to the gym and counts the minutes until your workout is over…it may be time for you to try something different.

I was there once too…

I used to go to the gym and get on a treadmill and within 4 minutes (and I may be stretching that a little to make it seem like I really gave it all I had to make it to 5 minutes…) all I could think of was how long I had to keep doing this to reach the end.

Sound familiar?

Don’t get me wrong.  The gym can be GREAT! Some people really love it and I encourage my clients to switch it up and go if it inspires them. Trying different things can keep you from plateauing in your workouts.

When I found Zumba, my first reaction to the video I watched was “This is AMAZING!! I wanna do this!”

When I found my first class and went my first reaction was (tons of laughter from me) and “What the heck am I doing? I must look like a clown right now!”

The difference between yoga classes and Zumba classes (besides the obvious differences) is this…when you laugh and can’t stop in Zumba..it is fun and contagious….when you laugh and can’t stop in yoga…they kick you out…

I learned that one on my own too

(hence why I also teach Laughter Yoga…Kinda more my style)

After taking a few Zumba classes (started out with one a week), I began to know the moves a little more and fell in love with music and how FAST the class went.  I felt like I just stepped into class and suddenly we were at the cooldown.

BAM!

Just like that I was sweaty, relaxed and DONE my workout!! Felt so good!!

Each week came with more moves, new rhythms and then this class called Zumba Toning started and class was different but still as much fun as regular Zumba.  Then came Zumba Senato!!

What??!! All this from the Zumba Family??

The great part was that this class gave me a new way to continue doing what I loved and a new way to work my muscles so I didn’t plateau in my workouts.

WIN WIN AGAIN!!! THANK YOU ZUMBA FITNESS!

Fast forward to 10 years now…2 years as a student and coming up 8 years teaching.

People often as me “Is Zumba just a fad?”

Honestly, I don’t know…I have been doing it for a decade now and I am not bored and have no interest in quitting. I love it. It is passion. It is play. It is sweaty fun with an AMAZING community of people! I cannot imagine going back to anything else.

I think there are quite a few people out there, just like me, that a decade has passed and we are all wondering where the time went because it is just that AWESOME and easy to get hooked doing it!

Hope you come have some laughs, sweat and groove moves with us all soon! It is NEVER too late to start!

Much love,

Tammy (Your friendly neighborhood Zumba Instructor)shake it till you make it-1

 

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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
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30 class pass (good for 6 mos.) $215  reg. $240
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Finding Joy In Your Life

Believe it or not before I found dance again in my life, I was quite an unhappy person.

The discovery of zumba fitness, for me, was like the opportunity to go around the world in 60 minutes without having to pay for an “around the world” trip!  The music takes us to places you may never have visited but always wanted to.  The steps are easy to follow so I was not trying to be a part of the National Ballet or anything in competition.

I could move, get lost in the music and what I didn’t realize at the time was how healthy that would be for my mind.  I had it like I was doing this because I wanted to get into shape. What I came out of it with was a smile on my face every time and not one that I had to push myself to do. I was just naturally happier than I had ever been!

I was researching today some of the benefits to dancing and found this on the Prevention.com site about a study that was conducted:

Swedish researchers, writing in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, studied 112 teenage girls who were struggling with problems including neck and back pain, stress, anxiety, and depression. Half of the girls attended weekly dance classes, while the other half didn’t. The results? The girls who took the dance classes improved their mental health and reported a boost in mood—positive effects that lasted up to eight months after the classes ended.

“According to these results, despite problems such as stress and other potential challenges in being an adolescent girl, dance can result in high adherence and a positive experience for the participants,” says lead study author Anna Dubert, of Sweden’s Center for Health Care Sciences, in a press release. “[This] might contribute to sustained new healthy habits.”  (taken from prevention.com site)

This is the result that was shown in teens.  Now imagine, you as an adult, the results that it can produce.

Dancing is not only about movement but the music can literally have your mind clear which can be one of the biggest parts of the battle when you are grumpy or upset about something.

If you are having a bad day I request you do not go home and indulge in it….get yourself to a fitness class STAT! Do not listen to the negative thoughts you are having.

No matter how terrible you are feeling in the moment….put on your work out clothes, strap on your shoes and get yourself to the nearest class.  If you are still struggling to get yourself out of the house, take an emergency dance break in your house….crank up the radio, your ipod with your favorite song and dance like nobody is watching! It’s like calling 9-1-1 for your soul!

Your body and mind will thank you for it.

 

 

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The Excitement IS Building!

This is my favorite week! The week where everyone has got the kids school schedules down pat again and are ready to get their own schedule moving and grooving again!

This week ALL of our Zumba classes (in many different forms) come BACK!  There are many classes to choose from in the Junction/Stockyards area of Toronto and I am so happy to be able to bring them to you!  There is also STILL a chance for you to win 10 classes on me by making a short 20-60 second video of you/ you and your friends dancing like nobody is watching in the GTA and post it to our Facebook Page!

Free classes, Full schedule, The sun shining, Kids back in school….Life really IS sweet!!

Come join us THIS WEEK!  First class is always on me! 🙂

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Let Spring Break ZUMBA Begin!

This is a PERFECT time to take this week and hit as many zumba classes as you can! Dance, get fit and have TONS OF FUN! You do not need to hit a resort this week to experience the fun of dancing like nobody is watching!

Come join our classes all week, dance and feel great!

How awesome is it too that spring break falls with St. Patty’s day too! Put on your GREEN for class Tuesday! If you are not Irish…..support your friends who are Irish and join in on the fun!

This is going to be a GREAT week!  Don’t miss out! RSVP TODAY:

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Whether You Think You Can or You Can’t…You Are Right!

If you think you can….you are right…..If you think you can’t……unfortunately…you are also right!

Mindset is everything! Will you still fail sometimes with a positive mindset? Yes. Will you bounce back and see the silver lining to any situation faster? Absolutely!

I have had my own ups and downs (I would even bet to say more downs than ups!) and speaking from experience when I was/am being really hard on myself and in the mindset that I won’t be able to accomplish something or that I am a failure, I cannot accomplish what I set out to do OR it occurs as extremely hard to meet the goal.

When I stay positive and keep believing that I can and will accomplish whatever my goal is, it happens and sometimes (most times) not in the way I thought I would arrive at the goal and therefore being able to “see the silver lining” or said another way, when the thing that shows up that is not considered good and you can look and see the good in it anyway…you win!

Give yourself some room to fail. Give yourself some room to grow. Take this practice on in your fitness and then apply it to all areas of your life.  Find what you love to do in fitness, set a goal… ie. I am going to take 2 classes a week for the next 4 weeks. Then at the end of 4 weeks, look and see if you stuck to it. If you did not repeat this goal or look to see what didn’t work about it.

DO NOT SAY YOU CAN’T! Look to see what you need to re-evaluate to meet your intended goal.  If you are meeting your goal in 4 weeks, up the game! 3 classes a week for 4 weeks….whatever it may be for you! ie. I am going to drop 5 inches on my waistline.

At LOL Movement, we are here to support you in working this mental muscle we all have as well as your body!  You CAN do it! We know you CAN!

Come join us for a complimentary class and see what we mean!

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Rock Your Summer Body Now!

With the weather warming up and summer fast approaching, are you doing all you can to get ready for shorts and swimsuit weather? I mean seriously…do you want to feel comfortable in your summer gear and look great this year?

If your answer is YES….read on!

Now is the time to prep your body for the upcoming warm weather.  When I was 25 years old, I will never for get that hot summer afternoon when I felt so awkward and uncomfortable and out of shape that I really drew a line in the sand and said to myself ” yep…this is my
 year! I am getting fit!”

Do not wait for the hot sweaty days of summer to feel that moment….do it now and do something about it!  When you are working out, your body begins to crave healthy foods such as veggies and fruit.  The more you work out, typically the more good foods you choose to put in your body. Do not worry about scales and are you over or under on weight. Go by how you are feeling. Are you feeling uncomfortable? Are you tired? Are you bloated after you eat?

Your body really will tell you what it needs if you listen to it.

Be happy, Be healthy and ROCK YOUR SUMMER BODY by starting TODAY!

Zumba is a GREAT way to dance yourself into the figure you always wanted! Join us today for a FREE class!36695a0a5ba73e5dac92bcc22c71a50a