Posts tagged Weight loss

How can excercising with a friend be helpful?

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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.  www.choosemyplate.gov 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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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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Food tracking Journal

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The best way to keep track of your calorie intake is to write it all down.

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Tips on how to get the most out of a Zumba class

Zumba for Japan

Zumba for Japan (Photo credit: anujraj)

New to Zumba?  This is a great video.  You can always try Zumba for free at Studio 138 with Aimee and Darlene.

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