Friday, July 27, 2012

Stay Tuned for New Classes

Summer classes are coming to a close, and I am excited to be setting out on a new adventure. I'll be changing locations this fall and teaching ZumbAtomic at Studio Cove Fitness in the Olympus Cove Shopping Center on Wasatch Boulevard I'm excited to make this change and look forward to being at a new gym! I'll also be continuing with classes at the Whitmore Library because I've turned our library patrons into Zumba Fanatics! Sign up to follow this blog, or just check in now and again, and you'll stay in touch with what is going on with ZumbAtomic with Anna in Salt Lake. Thanks! I look forward to dancing with you soon!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

From Women's Health Magazine: Weight Loss Tips That Don't Suck -- Tip #5

Lose Weight, Not Your Lifestyle
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Watching your waistline doesn't mean you have to become a recluse who spends every spare moment on the elliptical machine. In fact, an all-or-nothing approach is counterproductive. "Many women make changes they'll never be able to stick with—like eating nothing but raw food or vowing to go for a run at 5 a.m. every day—and set themselves up for failure," says Hensrud. "Total deprivation doesn't work."

He advocates skipping extreme regimens in favor of small changes. When he asked a group of overweight study subjects to make several small lifestyle shifts—such as eating breakfast, having as many veggies as they'd like with each meal, and watching TV for only as long as they'd exercised that day—they dropped an average of eight pounds in two weeks. "When you combine a bunch of little strategies, the cumulative effect can be huge, and you won't feel as if you've given up your entire life to be slim."

Friday, March 9, 2012

From Women's Health Magazine: Weight Loss Tips That Don't Suck -- Tip #4

Lose Weight, Not Muscle
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If you drop weight without lifting any, you risk shedding muscle tissue instead of fat. Muscle takes more than twice as many calories to maintain, and it keeps your metabolism revving at peak calorie-burning speed, so it's important to hang on to it, says Donald Hensrud, M.D., an associate professor of preventive medicine and nutrition at the College of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic.

Your best strategy is to eat lots of protein and strength train for 20 to 30 minutes two or three times a week. Protein will fuel those workouts and help you maintain lean muscle, says Hensrud. Eat at least three or four servings of two to three ounces of protein-rich beans, soy, fish, lean meat, poultry, or low-fat dairy every day.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

From Women's Health Magazine: Weight Loss Tips That Don't Suck -- Tip #3

Lose Weight, Not Time
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In a recent study, 41 percent of women cited "not enough time" as the reason they don't eat better. Spending just an hour or two on the weekend shopping for a week's worth of healthy meals and getting a jump-start on the prep work (cutting veggies, making marinades) will save you time and pounds in the long run. A survey by the CDC found that almost 40 percent of people who lost a significant amount of weight and kept it off planned their weekly meals.

"When you don't map out your meals, you're too tempted to grab whatever's nearby, which is often high-calorie junk," says Elizabeth Ricanati, M.D., founding medical director of the Lifestyle 180 Program at the Cleveland Clinic.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

From Women's Health Magazine: Weight Loss Tips That Don't Suck -- Tip #2

Lose Weight, Not Money
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When you're on a diet, you expect your stomach to be on the empty side—not your wallet. But researchers at the University of Washington found that the cost of healthy, nutrient-dense foods like whole grains and lean meats has increased nearly 30 percent in the past four years, while candy and soft drinks have gone up only 15 percent.

One money-saving tactic: Eat less meat. "Meat is one of the priciest items on a grocery bill, and most Americans eat more of it than they should," says Dawn Jackson Blatner, R.D., a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association and the author of The Flexitarian Diet. Plus, meat is a source of excess calories and saturated fat.

Most women can slash around 15 percent of their daily calories by sticking to one or two servings of meat a day, estimates Blatner. Fill the void with fiber-rich foods like beans, oatmeal, and brown rice, plus hearty veggies like portobello mushrooms and eggplant. All of these will fill you up for a fraction of the calories and cash.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Zumba For Kids at the Whitmore Library Starts March 8!!

The Whitmore Library will be having Zumba for Kids and Families on Thursdays at 4:00pm in the downstairs auditorium. This program is free and open to everyone. Come wiggle, dance, jump and move with us!

The Whitmore Library is located at 2197 E. Fort Union Boulevard, Salt Lake City, UT. For more information, call 801-944-7539.

From Women's Health Magazine: Weight Loss Tips That Don't Suck - Tip #1

Lose Weight, Not Friends
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***I adore Women's Health Magazine and the website. This article is taken straight from there because I found it fascinating. You can read the whole article by clicking above . . . . or find the other 6 installments here. Please check out the hard copy of the magazine or the magazine's website for many other great articles.***

Ever notice that the day you announce you're starting a new diet, your friends go AWOL? Here's why: Cutting calories causes your level of serotonin (a feel-good brain chemical) to nosedive, leaving you cranky and unpleasant to be around.

To keep your serotonin levels in check, figure out how many calories your body needs based on your activity level. And make sure those calories are split evenly among protein, whole grains, and produce at every meal.

"Unbalanced meals—made entirely of refined carbs, for example—cause blood-sugar fluctuations that make you irritable," says Caroline M. Apovian, M.D., director of the Nutrition and Weight Management Center at Boston Medical Center.

Apovian also recommends adding omega-3 fatty acids to your diet, because research shows that they may fight depression and slow digestion, which helps you stay full longer. (Try eating two or three three-ounce servings of salmon a week, or adding a tablespoon of olive oil, canola oil, or flaxseeds into your daily meals.)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Heart Day!!

In honor of Valentine's Day, check out this link to the American Heart Association's How to Make a Healthy Family Website. There you will find many articles on nutrition, reducing screen time and increasing activities, and even addressing your child's weight with your doctor.

Here are some ideas to get non-athletes up and moving from the website, increasing physical activity means improving their cardiovascular health:

--Don't make exercise a punishment. Don't force your kids "go out and play." It may make them even more resistant to activity. However, if you encourage kids to go out a ride a bike or jump rope for 20 minutes before doing their homework, most kids will beg for more active time just to put off doing that homework.

--Find an activity that they love. Not everyone is into competitive team or individual sports, but there are lots of ways to be active: hiking, skateboarding, ice skating, horseback riding, cycling, yoga, and dancing (think ZumbAtomic!!). Encourage your child to explore different activities to see what they really enjoy.

--Build confidence. Some kids don't like to participate in sports because they are embarrassed because they don't think they look good enough. Find time to practice together and boost confidence.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Utah Fit Family Event

Thanks to everyone who came to the Utah Fit Family Event on Saturday. We had a blast and filled GymJam Fitness and Dance with families moving and dancing together. It was great! I hope to see of you back again in class on Tuesdays at 4:15pm. We always have that much fun -- and more!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

NEW -- Family Zumba at the West Valley Library

We will be doing a three week session at the West Valley Library beginning tonight at 6:30pm!! Please come out and dance! We will be having so much fun. It will be great!! The West Valley Library is located at 2880 W 3560 S (across from the Valley Fair Mall). Here's a link to more information.

Hope to see you there!!

OK- I'm terrible at this . . .

To those who Zumba'd with me at West Jordan Library, I really stink at the blogging. Sorry this is so late in coming. You all were so wonderful -- the most phenomenal library group I've had yet. Everyone dancing -- even dads in work clothes -- that was beyond awesome!!! Thanks so much for making it a great experience and let the West Jordan library staff know you'd like to have more, if you are intersted. I'd love to come back and Zumba with you!!