Dancing can do fantastic things for your health, body and mind. Here are just a few!
Safe and easy on the joints
Supports weight loss
Improves strength, flexibility, agility, and balance
Requires good posture and better control of the body’s movements
Conditions the heart and cardiovascular system, and improves lung capacity
Builds confidence and self esteem
Lifts spirits and fights depression
Boosts memory and keeps the brain active
Makes a great social activity, a hobby to do with friends and a positive way to meet people
Dancing is simply fun and keeps us young!
Try these intense exercises that will rev up your body’s natural calorie burn for hours. Link to article on Muscle & Fitness:
Check out these exercises and safety tips on How to Burn Fat Fast with Plyometrics on Muscle & Fitness http://www.muscleandfitness.com/workouts/full-body-exercises/9-plyometric-exercises-burn-fat-fast
Check out these effective, but east to do at home abs exercises I selected, and how to do them! on Muscle & Fitness Hers http://www.muscleandfitness.com/muscle-fitness-hers/hers-workouts/home-exercises-bikini-abs
Stay on track this year!
By: Michele Sotak
Have a game plan and make good choices in 2017- starting today! Keep the motivation and momentum going with these simple steps and you'll be sure to stay on track this year.
1- Mix up your workouts to keep it fresh and exciting. You can't get bored if you have variety! You can learn something new, like dance for example. Now is a good time to join group classes or hire a trainer to help you stick to your fitness resolutions and reach your goals.
2- Buy a new workout outfit and a good pair of running shoes. Take advantage of post-holiday deals at stores and online. New gear will encourage you to hit the gym. You will look great and more importantly, feel great about yourself!
3- Before eating out, check the menu online so you'll be prepared to make smart choices. If going to a get together or party, offer to bring a healthy dish such as a veggie tray with hummus or fruit salad. Everyone will thank you for it, including yourself!
4- Meal Prep. The new year can be just as busy as the holidays for some of us, and we don't always have the luxury of time to make meals throughout the day. A lot of us are constantly on the go. So grab your Tupperware and pick a day to whip up healthy meals for the week. You can also break it down to meal prepping for just one meal each day, such as lunch. Or break down meal prep into twice a week for each half of the week. The key is having healthy meals ready to heat up, and packing up healthy snacks to take with you on the go instead of making bad, unprepared decisions when hunger strikes.
5- Create a motivational portfolio. Now is perfect time to collect pictures of your goals, favorite quotes, and create a list of the reasons why your goals are important to you. Create a "fit" to-do list and check mark your progress. It will be an ongoing list that will keep you organized and motivated. Make sure it's visible and update your achievements weekly, and you'll be bound to stay on track!
Check out my tips on how to combat SAD and the Winter Blues, on Sunwarrior News http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/combat-seasonal-affective-disorder-4-happiness-hacks/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=socialnetwork
If you’re looking for new exercises to do at the gym, check out these videos performed by the Life Fitness Academy trainers using Life Fitness & Hammer Strength equipment paired with accessories. Start out slowly, master your form, then increase intensity gradually https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hX4qwwjeT0I&feature=share
Power athletes focus on building skill, explosive power and quickness during the competitive season. To learn more, check out my strength and conditioning session with veteran linebacker Kelvin Morris of the Chicago Rush Arena football team at Soccer City in Palatine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoZoKoK9oIQ
Learn why Stability Training is important for Injury Prevention in my interview with Healthy Living Chicago TV. These exercises will strengthen your core and help minimize everyday injuries http://wgntv.com/2013/07/21/injury-prevention-stability-training/