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How can excercising with a friend be helpful?


Exercising with a friend ‘helps to lose more weight’

Exercising with a friend is better than going to the gym alone because the competition helps people lose weight, according to a new study.

Dr. Larry Cheskin of Johns Hopkins Medicine answered:

Exercising with a friend comes with a side benefit: you’ll be more likely to do it. If not, you will be disappointing someone else by breaking the appointment. This is a form of accountability, and a good way to remember and carry through on your commitment to enhance your fitness and your health.

Also, exercising with a friend can provide distraction and good company for what might otherwise be a more boring task.  Depending on the relationship and relative level of exercise ability of you and your friend, there can also be the benefit of support, encouragement, and even a little healthy competition!

With that answer, why don’t you call a friend you haven’t seen for a long time and kick off your summer workout with Aimee and Darlene on Memorial Day at the Kick your Shoes off Zumba party at Studio 138?  If you haven’t been to the studio before, your first class is free.


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How effective is Zumba in weight-loss and toning you ask?

A big part of choosing a weight loss regiment is choosing something you are going to continue doing. Zumba appeals to a lot of people because it has a dance aspect, which makes it fun for them.

As to how effective it is, that really depends on the length and intensity of your workout. There is a lot of movement to it, and if you are actually working hard (and sweating), then you are burning off calories. Sometimes as much as 600 plus calories a class. That means, assuming you watch your diet as well, you will lose weight and achieve muscle tone pretty quickly.

I would suggest that you do a combination of activities (helps mix it up, too).

  • Zumba – A few times a week. This is your cardio/weight loss exercise.
  • Weight/Strength Training – Do this once or twice a week. Doing this actually helps you burn MORE calories when you’re doing your cardio portion because your muscles require more energy. It’s been shown time and time again that individuals who supplement cardio with weight training maintain a healthier physique and reduced weight.
  • Eat Correctly – Do NOT starve yourself or go on any fad diet. Eat properly. Healthy proteins (chicken, fish, etc). Vegetables. Fruits. Don’t come home from a class and gorge on ice cream or you will see no weight loss (and probably the opposite). However, it is good to reward yourself at times (at least a couple times a week) with a small treat. is a great resource.

Keep those three things in mind, and make sure you’re working out at the proper intensity level, and you will see the changes you are looking for.

Please join Aimee and Darlene at Studio 138 for a free class.

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Exercise helps make your skin healthy and attractive

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Exercise helps make your skin healthy and attractive
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Everyone knows about the fat-burning and muscle strengthening benefits of exercise. But, regular workouts can also make your skin look better. Why?

* It boosts blood circulation. The improved blood flow not only brings additional nutrients to your skin, it also helps remove damaging toxins.

* It helps eliminate wrinkles. The blood also carries oxygen that stimulates the production of collagen — the connective tissue that helps “plump up” your skin.

* It reduces stress. From acne to crows feet, many common skin problems are caused by muscle tension and stress. Exercise is a proven way to relieve stress.

* It unclogs pores. A fast-paced aerobic workout causes sweat. And the process of sweating just naturally tends to clean out facial pores.

So, what are you waiting for? Do you want a slim, toned flexible body and clear skin? Aimee and Darlene’s note: Come take a Zumba class and let’s get started now!

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Here is a free Supertracker to help you track your food and physical activity!

  • SuperTracker and Other Tools

    SuperTracker Beta

    **track what you currently eat and drink

    **give you a personalized plan for what you should eat and drink

    **guide you to make better choices


  • The SuperTracker can help you plan, analyze, and track your diet and physical activity like Zumba class with Aimee and Darlene. You can look up individual foods to see or compare their nutritional value, find recommendations for what and how much you should eat, compare your food choices to these recommendations and to your nutrient needs, and assess personal physical activities and identify ways to improve.Find recommendations for what and how much you should eat.
  • The Daily Food Plan shows your daily food group targets – what and how much to eat within your Calorie allowance. The Plan is personalized for you, based on your age, gender, height, weight, and physical activity level.

This is such a great tool to help you meet your fitness goals!  Aimee and Darlene love it.

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How can zumba help put a stop to breast cancer?

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Zumba fitness can help by teaming up with Susan G. Komen for the cure and helping to raise awareness and money to treat breast cancers.

So how can you help?  By attending the Zumba Pink Party on April 15th at 1:00 p.m. or by attending an event near you.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has transformed how the world talks about and treats breast cancer, and we are proud that our work has led to more screenings, more research and more survivors.

The money that Komen raises and invests is vitally important for fulfilling our promise of saving lives and ending breast cancer forever. Yet we also realize we are the voice of women and survivors everywhere, and therefore we must engage our elected leaders to share our commitment to discovering the cures and to ensure ALL women have access to adequate screening and treatment.

With your help, the Komen Advocacy Alliance will build upon its successes by advocating at all levels of government for three achievable goals that will save lives and help end breast cancer forever:

Research – increase our nation’s investment into research and ensure that discoveries made in the lab make their way to patients as quickly as possible.

Screening – provide underserved, uninsured women with access to early detection.

Treatment – ensure that all women diagnosed with breast cancer have access to high quality treatment.

So how can you help?  By attending the Zumba Pink Party on April 15th at 1:00 p.m. or by attending an event near you.

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Fantastic way to begin the week

Wow! What an amazing expereince to watch so many folks at the YMCA and Studio 138 put their health and wellbeing first today.   Remember we can’t take care of others until we take care of ourself.  Aimee and I love Dr. Pamela Peeke. She is an amazing life coach with some fabulous books out there on health and fitness.  Our favorite is Body for Life for Women.women fitness zumba health Dr. Pamela Peeke

Dr. Peeke says…

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Think ahead. Be clear about your goal. Plan to make it real.

Body for Life Pledge for Women

By Dr. Peeke

I will give to myself as I give to others.

I will value my health as I value the health of my loved ones.

I won’t ask, “Should I or shouldn’t I?” about matters of self care.

I will just do it.

I will humbly accept that I must work to be the best me I can be.

I will choose to work for myself, rather than abandon myself.

I will embrace adversity as an opportunity to test my mental and physical strength.

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Spring into Motion this week!

Aimee and Darlene Studio 138 ZumbaGet ready for summer!  Come Zumba with Aimee and Darlene Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 9:30 a.m. at Studio 138.  Your first class is always FREE.

This week we will raise the glass with Pink and break it with Pichea.  No matter what your fitness level is you can get your groove on.  We will teach you how to modify to your level of fitness, whether you are ready to raise the roof or you haven’t been to the gym in years.  During the hour you can expect to burn anywhere from 300 to 1,000 calories depending on your fitness level.

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