Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Zumba Zombies at South Jordan Library

A special Halloween-themed Zumba session will begin at the South Jordan Library on Thursday, October 13 at 4:15. Classes will run for 3 weeks. All ages are welcome to move and groove with me and do seasonal favorites like the Monster Mash and Ghostbusters. For more information, check out the South Jordan Library's Events. page.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

What's on Your Plate?

I grew up with the Food Pyramid -- it may have changed a little through the years, but it was always the pyramid. Well, now the USDA has come up with new reccommendations and a brand new look. My Plate is an easier way to visually see the USDA guidelines for eating. Here's the link to the website with more information: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/. We'll be talking a little about this in ZumbAtomic because smart eating is an important part of being healthy and staying fit. Just like moving your body is.

What do you think? Is the My Plate easier to understand and visualize than the pyramid? What are your tips for getting kids to eat healthy?

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Fall Classes Begin!

Wow! I can't believe how August flew by and that we are already into September! And I've been a blogging slacker!

However, it's time for Fall ZumbAtomic classes! New songs, new games, great fun!

Join me at GymJam Fitness and Dance on Tuesday afternoons at 4:15pm. For kids of all ages! $6 a class. For more information visit www.gymjamfit.com or call 801-305-3585.

Look forward to seeing you!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

For the West Jordan Zumba Kids

I was so sad to end my class at West Jordan Library today! You were awesome! By far the most energetic kids I've taught -- I can't believe you didn't need a break . . . . I had a complete blast dancing with all of you.

Please leave me a message here and I'll send you a special email which will have instructions to receive a special Zumba prize!

Stay tuned here or check at the library for classes in the fall.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Zumba at the Library Week -- July 19, 20 and 21!

The Salt Lake County Library System will be Wild for Zumba this week! At West Jordan Library on Tuesday at 11am, at Whitmore Libraray on Weds at 10:30am and then at Sandy Library on Thursday at 11am. Who would have guess the library was such a rockin' place???!!! Come join me in the fun!

Monday, July 11, 2011

ZumbAtomic at the West Jordan Library Starts Tomorrow

Join us for some movin' and groovin' at the West Jordan Library starting tomorrow, Tuesday, July 12 at 11am. It will be a zumba-tastic good time! We'll have class every Tuesday in July . . . . join us for the jam!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

For the Zumba Kids at the Holladay Library

If you have had a blast with the Zumba at the Holladay Library, post a comment here and/or send me an email at anna.zanarini@gmail.com and I will send you a special prize! Don't forget to include the secret code word!

Zumba Love,

ZumbAtomic Birthday Parties and Special Events

Looking for a fun, active birthday party for kids? Or an activity to spice up your event? Look no further! Have a blast moving and grooving with ZumbAtomic!

Lil’Starz Birthday Package (for ages 4 – 7) includes:
*60 minute ACTION packed ZumbAtomic Class
*Warm-up Song (Birthday STARZ choice)
*Learn 2 FUN! ENERGETIC! Routines
*Introduction to a NEW! Rhythm (Cumbia, Salsa, Merengue or Reggaeton)
*Surprise for each child
*Special Gift for Birthday Star

Big STARZ Birthday Package (for ages 8 – 12) includes:
*60 minute ACTION packed ZumbAtomic Class
*Warm-up Song (Birthday STARZ Choice)
*Learn 2-3 FUN & ENERGETIC Routines
*Introduction to a NEW! Rhythm (merengue, salsa, cumbia, reggaeton)
*Rewards for each Star
*Special Gift for Birthday Star

Special Events, PE, Scouts and More!

Contact me to add a fun activity to your next event or to help promote physical fitness at your school, camps, church, Girl Scouts and more! Reach me at Anna Zanarini at azanarini@xmission.com or 801-971-6184.

Summer ZumbAtomic

It's hard to believe it's nearly July! However, if you are still getting into your summer groove, here's where you can get find ZumbAtomic classes (taught by me!) this summer.

GymJam Fitness and Dance (in Holladay): Mondays at 6pm/Fridays at 9:30am
Holladay Library (through June 28): Tuesdays at 10:30
West Jordan Library (during July) Tuesdays at 11:00am
Sandy Library: Thursday, July 21 and 28 at 11:00am

Monday, June 27, 2011

Let's Move Some More -- With Beyonce

Check out Beyonce's official "Let's Move -- Move Your Body" video. Fun stuff!! We'll be learning it at Zumba class so we can participate in the June 25th flash mob at the Gateway.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Let's Move!

Did you know that May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month? And as part of this, the Let's Move organization is working towards creating healthier and physically fit children. Spearheaded by Michelle Obama, the Let's Move website has a ton of information about how and where to get started. A great place is with fitness classes for kids like . . . . you guessed it, ZumbAtomic!!

We just finished our spring session at GymJam Fitness and Dance, but have two more weeks of class at the Cottonwood Heights Rec Center. As well as two more weeks of Fit Kids at Cottonwood Heights! Join us to finish out the month with some physical fitness and dance!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

New Classes! Zumba Gold

Zumba Gold is a lower impact, slower paced Zumba class for those who are beginners, have health issues or are older active adults. We will be starting classes at GymJam Fitness and Dance on Tuesdays at 6am and Fridays at 10:30am. It's a great time to buy a punch card at GymJam as a 10 punch card is only $45 or you can get 20 punches for $90. You can't beat $4.50 for a class!

I teach Zumba on Mondays at 7pm at GymJam, Tuesdays at 9am at Holladay-Lions Rec Center, and Wednesdays at 7pm and Saturdays at 9:30am at Cottonwood Heights Rec Center.

ZumbAtomic for Kids is on Tuesdays at 4:30 at GymJam and Thursday at 5:00 at Cottonwood Heights!

Ditch the workout and join the party! Come join in some Zumba! And please email me if you have any questions at azanarini@xmission.com

Zumba Love!

Hooray for Zumba Librarians!

Thanks to all the librarians who participated in Zumba at the Healthy Librarians preconference at ULA! You were awesome and I was so excited that everyone joined in the fun! I hope everyone had as much fun as I did!

Zumba Cheers to all!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Contest for Middle School Students! Think of New Ways to Move or Keep Healthy

Calling All Middle School Science Enthusiasts

Want to encourage your students' interest in science? Discovery Education and 3M are sponsoring a science competition for students in grades five to eight. To enter the 2011 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, middle school students are encouraged to create a one- to two-minute video that shows a possible new approach to one of the following everyday concerns: The Way We Move, The Way We Keep Ourselves Healthy, or The Way We Make a Difference.

The video should show how the topic impacts the student, his or her family and community, or the global population. The idea must be a new solution to the problems underlying the explored topic. The video should explain "the science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics behind the innovation," and show how it could address problems and also have a broader impact locally or globally. Complete rules, submission guidelines, and tips can be found at youngscientistchallenge.com.

Each video will be evaluated by a panel of judges on the basis of creativity, scientific knowledge, persuasiveness, and overall presentation. Production values will not be one of the judging criteria, so students can film their projects on basic digital cameras or even on cell phones. Entries must be submitted online no later than April 15, 2011.

The top ten finalists will receive an all-expense paid trip to the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, MN, to compete in the finals. They will also have the chance to work virtually with a 3M scientist during a summer mentorship program where they will be "challenged to create an innovation that solves a problem in society." The first prize winner will receive $25,000 and a trip from Discovery Student Adventures. The remaining finalists will each be awarded $1,000 and a pocket video camera.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Top 6 Calorie Burning Workouts

When I first saw this, I thought it was purely for adults; however, much of it can be applied to kid's fitness as well. Here's an article on Yahoo's website about the top 6 calorie burning workouts. Some of my favorite workouts are listed. The top workout -- Kickboxing! I used to take a Turbo Kick class at the Holladay-Lions Rec Center that I LOVED! However, sadly it's not offered any more. Other activities in the top 6 include cycling, ZUMBA!, jumping rope, aerobic step classes, and running. Being a group fitness kind of gal, I lean towards the classes; however, nothing could be easier than picking up a jump rope or going for a run.

How this relates to kid's fitness? Well, first of all kids can easily jump rope and have a blast doing it. Pick up a book at the library on jump rope rhymes to make it even more fun! Kids love to play tag - and that's a whole lot of running. Encourage your kids to try different kinds of tag games and have them be creative and come up with ideas of their own. Also encourage bike riding - a great family activity to share!

Lastly, ZUMBA! -- my favorite cardio activity -- is made completely kid-friendly and fun in specialized ZumbAtomic classes. I teach Tuesdays at 4:30pm at GymJam Fitness and Dance in Holladay and Thursdays at 5:00pm at the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center. Kid's dance, move and have so much fun and burn lots of calories without even realizing it!

While top-calorie burining workouts are not exactly what comes to mind when thinking about kids and fitness, it is important for kids to stay active and healthy. These ideas provide some fun and easy ways to do this as adults and kids.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Party Hearty - Zumbathon for the American Heart Association

Come "ZUMBA with Someone You Love" and join us to raise funds for the American Heart Association. There will be 4 instructors and we are ready to Party Hearty!

Friday, February 11

Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center
7500 South 2700 East

Tickets: Per Person: $5 in advance, $8 at the door
Families*: $20 in advance, $30 at the door
Tickets available at Cottonwood Heights Rec Center.
*Children are welcome to attend when accompanied by a responsible adult.

For more information, email Anna @ azanarini@xmission.com or call the Cottonwood Heights Rec Center at 801-943-3190.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

New Class Starting at GymJam Fitness in Holladay

ZA fans - we'll be starting a new class on Tuesdays at 4:30 at GymJam Fitness and Dance in Holladay beginning February 15. This will be for kids only -- ages 5 and up. The cost is $50 for a six week session and includes instruction, prizes and class materials. I'm excited to teach at this great new facility.

GymJam is located at 2408 East Kentucky Avenue (4735 South) in Holladay. For more information go to www.gymjamfit.com.

Print out this blog post and receive a 10% discount when you register for the class.

Friday, January 28, 2011

ZumbAtomic at Cottonwood Heights Rec Center

ZA at CHRC was a blast yesterday! So many dancers! It has exploded into a great opportunity for parents to spend time with their kids while being active and dancing around! I enjoy watching parents and kids moving together and sharing the fun -- and I believe the kids love to watch their parents dance and be crazy. It's a great workout for everyone, made especially more fun because it's a shared experience. Thanks for coming -- we've got some awesome new songs for next week. . . . Look out, Elvis, here we come!

For more information see the CHRC website.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

What is a Healthy Weight?

As body weight in the United States is gradually increasing, the perception of what is "heavy" is also changing. What may have once been viewed as overweight is now seen as normal or at worst, pudgy. The body mass index (BMI) is calculated by plugging in a person's body weight and height into a formula. Because children have growing bodies, their BMI is tracked on a chart that delineates percentiles that are specific for age and gender.

If there is any question about whether your child may have a weight problem, you can calculate your child's BMI on the CDC web site and see where the child falls on the appropriate BMI chart.

If you find that your child falls in an unhealthy percentile, you can start to take steps to correct this through exercise and proper nutrition. Small changes can make a big difference.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Sandy Library ZumbAtomic

Sandy Library Zumba Kids (and their grown-ups!) are awesome! I had a blast teaching. Keep looking at the library for upcoming events, it'd be fun to do this again!

Post a comment if you had fun at ZumbAtomic and send me an email at anna.zanarini@gmail.com and I'll send you a special Zumba prize!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Let's Move

First Lady Michelle Obama is encouraging kids to get up and move! The website Let's Move has lots of information on how to get kids to be healthy, happy and active.

A great way to get moving is to come to ZumbAtomic classes at the Cottonwood Heights Rec Center. Parents are welcome to join their kids as we move, shake and play games to great music! Classes are Thursdays at 5pm and last for 45 minutes. For more information, visit the CRHC website.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Take a Moment to Think about How You Speak about Exercise

Do you make exercising sound like a bore or a chore when you talk about having to go to the gym?

Do you expect your kids to be phsyically active while you say that you don't have the time or energy to exercise?

Do you talk about the benefits of being physically active while you sit on the couch?

Think about how your kids see your relationship with physical activity and focus on doing your best to walk the walk, as well as talking positive talk!