NEW THINGS ARE HAPPENING FOR MY ZUMBA® CLASSESTime to start that old New Years Resolution thing again. Are you finding yourself pondering what to do? Well, Lets Make It Happen Together! That's my new motto. Come shimmy and sculpt with me with Zumba Fitness®. Zumba® is a fun way to exercise and distress... I teach classes at Studio K Group Fitness (a little studio in Andover MN). Here are my class times: For Studio KMonday 7:30pmTuesday 9:30amThursday 9:30amFriday 10:30amSaturday 10:30amwith ZUMBA FITNESS®I also teach Zumba In The Circuit at Curves in Coon Rapids MN and Champlin MN. Here are my class times for them:Monday Champlin Curves 10amTuesday Coon Rapids Curves 6pmWednesday Coon Rapids Curves 8:30am Champlin Curves 5:30pmIf you are in the New Hope area, I teach Zumba® at the YMCA on Sundays at 4:35pm.So there are NO EXCUSES to not workout with Zumba®.... Go to http://www.zumba.com/ to find a place near you and start shakin' that booty!!! If you don't know what Zumba is …

By: Amy Ludwig What's one of the best things about working out at home? You can wear whatever you want. There's no dress code. No need to appear "cool." And no fashion police. The only consideration is that whatever you wear should help you Bring It!® harder. The idea is to dress for action—your way.Here are several factors to weigh as you choose the right workout wear for you:How much skin does it show? Are you currently having a "wish I were out of this body" experience? I've been there, especially at the start of a fitness program. So I understand the desire to cover up in big, baggy workout wear. Bare midriffs aren't the best look for all of us. But keep your eyes on the prize. You can cover your tummy with longer-cut tops, and keep it real and conceal with roomy exercise pants. Yet it's good to be aware of your body's shape, especially as you work to change it (think "before" and "after" photos). It's easier to watch your form on challenging moves if you can see your frame. And …

ZUMBA FITNESS®Lets find away to shake up your fitness routine for the New Year. Tired of that old routine of running on the treadmill and walking alone? Then it's time to switch up that old routine and start movin' with Zumba Fitness®. Let the music move you and shimmy and shake in the New Year, 2011! A new way to challenge your strength and endurance with Latin Rhythms. So lets spice up your workout with Zumba Fitness®. Find a class near you today and start movin'... www.Zumba.com http://www.zumbawithaprilinmn.com/ …

Don’t Have Time for Cardio

Ask Jillian Michaels Q: I have really young kids and am struggling to find time for a 45-minute cardio workout. Would I get the same benefits from breaking up my cardio into shorter intervals on the treadmill? A: Well, not really, and here's why: The longer the cardio session, the better the afterburn. "Afterburn" is technically known as post-exercise oxygen consumption, and what that fancy term refers to is your elevated metabolism after a workout. Afterburn can last anywhere from 15 minutes to 48 hours, depending on the intensity and duration of your workout — therefore, if you break up your cardio, you'll burn the same number of calories during training, but you'll minimize the number of calories lost because of afterburn. If you really have to break up your cardio, all is not lost — but the truth is, you'd be better off finding something for the kids to do for 45 minutes while you get your treadmill on.  My two cents on this Question.... Or you can buy the … [Read more...]

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Get ready for the new Curves Circuit with Zumba Fitness®. The only 30-minute class that mixes the moves of the Zumba® program with the proven strength training of Curves for a wildly effective workout. Strength Training In The Circuit + Grooving To The Music = One Wildly Effective Workout! Shimmy on in for a FREE WEEK. Call a Curves club today to reserve your place in a class that'll fill up fast. 1-800-CURVES30   …

From LOSING IT! With Jillian Michaels

Thursday: THE FITNESS FACTOR Move It! It's a well-established fact that being active can reduce your risk of cancer. And all this time you thought I was just bossing you around — when I've actually been encouraging you to get healthier by reducing your risk of becoming ill! The American Cancer Society recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical exercise on five or more days a week (which you're already doing if you're following my plan) for maximum benefits. Get motivated to get off the couch It's not hard to get motivated to peel that butt off the couch when you look at these numbers: A whopping 50 percent (at least!) of cancer deaths in the United States could be prevented if people just made small changes in their lifestyle and health habits. That works out to about 280,000 lives saved a year. As someone who has watched three loved ones battle with cancer, I can tell you these are not figures to take lightly. Whether you're starting a new fitness … [Read more...]

Makes 6 servings, 1 1/2 cups each Active Time: 25 minutes Total Time: 25 minutes Ingredients2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil2 leeks, white and light green parts only, cut into 1/4-inch rounds1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage, or 1/4 teaspoon dried2 14-ounce cans reduced-sodium chicken broth2 cups water1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed1 2-pound roasted chicken, skin discarded, meat removed from bones and shredded (4 cups)PreparationHeat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add leeks and cook, stirring often, until soft, about 3 minutes. Stir in sage and continue cooking until aromatic, about 30 seconds. Stir in broth and water, increase heat to high, cover and bring to a boil. Add beans and chicken and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until heated through, about 3 minutes. Serve hot.Tips & NotesMake Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.NutritionPer serving: 199 calories; 4 g fat (1 g sat, 2 g mono); 48 mg cholesterol; 10 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; …

Fresh Herb and Snap Pea Salad Recipe  Quick Info:Nutritional Info (Per serving): Calories: 123, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 169mg, Dietary Fiber: 3g, Total Fat: 9g, Carbs: 7g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Protein: 3g Carb Choices: 0.5 Recipe Source: Prep Time: 10 minsCook Time: 10 minsTotal Time: 20 minsIngredients8 ounce(s) peas, sugar snap, trimmed 2 tablespoon nuts, almonds, sliced 2 tablespoon oil, olive, extra virgin, or walnut or almond oil 2 tablespoon vinegar, fruit, such as raspberry or pomegranate 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper, black ground, freshly ground 4 cup(s) lettuce, mache, or mixed baby lettuce 1/4 cup(s) chives, fresh, snipped (1/2-inch pieces) 1/4 cup(s) tarragon, fresh, chopped Preparation1. Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Add snap peas and cook until bright green but still crisp, 1 to 2 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water.2. Toast almonds in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to …

Q: What are the rules for working out when you're still really sore from the day before? A:  You should NOT train a muscle that's sore. The reason for this is that your body interprets exercise as stress; it's during the recovery time when the real work is being done. Think of exercise as the architect and recovery as the builder. If you work a muscle too soon after a training session, therefore, you will just break it down. Also, you shouldn't be sore for more than two days after a workout; if you are, you may have a slight injury or muscle strain. If this is the case, take it easy and give that muscle time to heal before training it again. Get more fitness tips from Jillian Michaels. …

Jillian Michaels: Stress Got Your Metabolism Down?By Jillian Michaels       I'm sure you've heard of the "fight-or-flight" response, and you probably know that it's the way your body reacts to danger or stress. But do you know what's behind the fight-or-flight response? It's actually hormones. When you're faced with danger, your adrenal glands release three hormones: norepinephrine, epinephrine (also known as adrenaline), and cortisol. Norepinephrine and epinephrine cause several changes to help you survive the danger, including a pause in insulin release so you have lots of blood sugar available for energy, an increase in heart rate and blood pressure, and a suspension of your appetite. After the danger has passed, cortisol tells the body to stop producing norepinephrine and epinephrine and stimulates your appetite again. This response evolved to help people deal with short-term survival situations, like an attack by a predator. The trouble is, it occurs …

Insoles, for your Workout ShoesThe key to good foot care and support is a good insole. Rip out that old insole that comes with your shoes and buy a good insole to replace it. Cut to fit. It really does make a difference. Click on the photos to go and buy your insoles today!The Sof Sole® arch support insole delivers maximum arch support for high-impact activities. It features the Hydrologix™ moisture-management system to reduce sweat and odor. The Ten Seconds® Pro Sport insoles features a tapered toe design which offers a great fit. PORON® inserts provide maximum performance cushioning and the Etc.® top keeps your feet cooler, drier, and less prone to blisters. The Ten Seconds® Super Light Cushion Insole is anatomically shaped to help maximize your foot's contact with the surface area of the insole. etc®, an anti-friction top cover helps keep your foot cooler and drier and the addition of MicroZap® to the etc.® top cover helps keep the insole odor free. External heel …

Nike Women's Zoom Dance Trainer ShoesProduct Description# Get your groove on with this flexible, lightweight dance trainer as the sultry, sexy Zumba beats take you to another place! # Mesh and synthetic leather upper provides breathability and durability. # Strategically-placed notches in key flex zones for increased all-over flexibility. # Dynamic tongue and internal stretch-trap fit system for added stability and support through the midfoot. # Nike® Zoom unit in the heel for low-profile, responsive cushioning. # Unitsole foam midsole and outsole construction provides lightweight cushioning. # Slip-and-stick rubber outsole pods are engineered for enhanced traction on gym surfaces. # Forefoot flex grooves enhance flexibility through toe-off. # Cleated rubber pivot point on the forefoot for enhanced traction and quick turns. # Diamond-shaped siping in the midfoot helps increase flexibility through the arch. # 7.54 oz.  Nike Musique IV Women's Dance Shoe on Sale for $47.97. Click …

Zumba Fitness – Shoes, Clothing, Music – It’s Hot!by Eartha on November 20, 2010 Zumba fitness is hot right now. You may have heard of it but may not be really too familiar with it. Zumba is a danced based fitness program that was created in the 1990's by a dancer and choreographer, Beto. It took off when it began to be marketed in dance classes as well as branded merchandise. Now you can find licensed Zumba instructors teaching classes in fitness centers almost everywhere. The DVDs are also very popular for people who want to do the classes at home.The Zumba workout uses music based on salsa, merengue, cumbia, reggaeton, samba and other international music styles. It has gained a huge fan base and you can even find Zumba shoes and clothes to wear for your workouts. I have family members who take the classes and enjoy them. Below is a sample video of what the dance based fitness program is like:Read more: http://www.tryingfitness.com/#ixzz1817Q5mPOAs you can see, the music is …

How Much Exercise Is Enough?It depends on whether you want to lose weight, increase endurance, or reach other fitness milestones. Learn about exercise guidelines and the importance of determining your exercise goals.By Barbara Robb, MAMedically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH Before you make a decision on how much exercise you need, you should have a good idea of your exercise goal or goals: Are you exercising for physical fitness, weight control, or as a way of keeping your stress levels low? Exercise: How Much You Need"How much exercise is enough for what?," asks David Bassett, Jr., PhD, a professor in the department of exercise, sport, and leisure studies at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. For general health benefits, a routine of daily walking may be sufficient, says Susan Joy, MD, director of the Women's Sports Health Program at the Cleveland Clinic. If your goal is more specific — say, to lower your blood pressure, improve your cardiovascular fitness, or …