Chika's family day event at Coal Harbour Community Centre was a great success with many parents showing up with their children. The day was full of laughs with many fun activities including ZUMBA! Stay tuned for future parent-child activity events offered by Chika.
We have recently partnered up with Curves in Lynn Valley, to run their circuit ZUMBA classes. It is a combination of their circuit stations, interspersed with ZUMBA stations. This 30 minute class is an excellent combination of cardio and strength training.
FREE classes on Tues. Sep.16th 5:30-6pm and Sat. Sep.20, 9:30-10:00am during the Curves Open House week (Monday Sep.15-Sat. Sep.20)
Visit the Lynn Valley Curves website for more information.
Curves Lynn Valley located inside Lynn Valley Mall, #45-1199 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver
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We are happy to announce the introduction of Zumba fitness classes!
Zumba: The Latin inspired, easy to follow, calrie burning, dance-fitness class.
This addictive dance end exercise class will have you sewating for more!
No prior experience necessary.
For more information please visit Chika's ZUMBA page
We are very happy to introduce Chika to our team! She is an extremely talented dancer who has been performing across North America. She offers a unique and exciting cardio dance class with energy and great Brazilian music. Book a session with her today and see how getting in shape can be fun, interesting and rewarding!
Below is another article that I wrote that was featured in Dr. Kevin Shimizu DC's quarterly article. You can find the full article here: http://www.chiro-shimizu.com/ns/winter_spring13-en.pdf
Don't get caught doing too little too late. Start on the right path today!
Are you stuck in the pattern of breaking your health related resolution couple weeks into the New Year? If so, stop making excuses and take control of your health today! Remember that health is not something you can catch up on immediately after years of neglect. Hence, if you currently live an unhealthy lifestyle, it is critical that you start making small changes in the near future.
In this article, I will talk a bit in regards to diet and exercise on ways to help you stay healthy this year.
Some of my recommended approaches to keeping fit this year are:
1. Educate yourself:
Go out to talk to industry professionals and do your own research. Simply work to have a better understanding of what is healthy and what is not. If you do this, you will be less likely to be influenced by advertisements and will be able to make informed, less emotional choice every time you eat.
Remember that diet and exercise go hand in hand. In fact, it is often said that maintaining a healthy body is roughly 80% diet and 20% exercise. This means that you cannot maintain a healthy body simply by neglecting diet and exercising excessively and vice versa.
A word of caution here in that looks can be deceiving when it comes to defining a “healthy body.” Fat can be on the inside as well as on the outside. In fact fat on the inside, also known as visceral fat can often be more of a health risk than visible fat. Hence, those relatively skinny ones out there, you need to exercise and watch what you eat as well! Remember that you can achieve your short term goals through dieting, but to keep the weight off in the long run you need to exercise and build some muscle that will not only help you stay structurally strong, but will help you burn more calories.
2. Eliminate the causes for excuses
How many times have you not been able to accomplish a task because of some excuse you made? For example, a typical excuse I hear is people having intentions to go to the gym in the evening but once they get home, laziness kicks in and they simply end up sitting on the couch instead. Why not take away these causes for excuses? Take your gym clothing with you to work and go directly after work instead. If you don’t like working out in the gym because it is crowded, try working out outside or take a fitness class instead. The key to note here is that in most cases there are always ways to get around these excuses. Try not to get too emotional about it but treat it more like a task you need to get through in your day before you go to sleep.
3. Keep a log
One of the key things when trying to maintain or rebuild a healthy body is being conscious about what you eat. This means keeping a log of what you eat throughout the day. Once you have done this, try to identify what is actually providing nutrients for your body instead of empty calories. Over time, try to cut out those foods that provide empty calories and replace them with nutrient rich alternatives. You will find that you can actually lose weight by eating more if you do this! Also, keep a log of when you are eating during the day. You may realize that you snack quite often when you are bored. If this is the case, try to eliminate this boredom or find healthier snacks.
4. Be patient
There are many products and procedures out there that advertise that you can lose weight in a short period of time. Most of the time, what they do not show is what happens to these people after the program. There is a saying that the quicker you lose weight, the quicker you are going to re-gain that weight. Hence, a natural, slow but sure way of losing weight is more beneficial in the long run. This is again usually accomplished through the combination of healthy diet choices and exercise.
I know this may be all easier said than done but with a little bit of desire and will, it is possible and sustainable!
Thank you everyone for your encouragement and support! I just returned from Italy last week. It was once again a great experience. Great work Team Canada!
Below is another article that I wrote that was featured in Dr. Kevin Shimizu DC's quarterly article. You can find the full article here: http://www.chiro-shimizu.com/ns/summer12-en.pdf
Sports Conditioning- maintaining the body to prevent injury
For those athletes out there, when you hear “sports conditioning” what comes to mind? I’m sure many of you thought about the workouts in the gym or the modification in the workout menu as you approach the game or competition day. However, did you think about the body maintenance aspect such as stretching or visiting health care professionals on a regular basis? If you did, you are ahead of the game, but in reality it is quite common to see athletes neglect this aspect of the conditioning process.
In this article, I will be talking a little bit about this neglected part of sports conditioning which includes caring for the mind and the body.
Caring for the mind: The mind is similar to your muscles in that it needs periodic breaks in order to function effectively. It is very important that you schedule off weeks to avoid fatigue and burnout which often leads to injuries. Remember that most injuries happen when you lose focus, so make sure to rest well!
Caring for the body: This form of care can be categorized in terms of post workout care and off week care.
Below is another article that I wrote that was featured in Dr. Kevin Shimizu DC's quarterly article. You can find the full article here: http://www.chiro-shimizu.com/ns/spring12-en.pdf
Make your New Year’s resolutions last!
I’m sure you have seen the gym quite busy in the first couple of weeks of January, filled with people trying to fulfill their New Year’s resolution. However, as the month’s pass, we see a steady decline in the number of people sticking to their resolution. What happens to our motivation that we had in the beginning, and how can we work to keep it up? In this article I will go over a couple of pointers that may help you make your New Year’s fitness resolution last.
So what can we do to better our chances of making our New Year’s resolution last?
1. List down all of the things that have prevented you from keeping to your resolutions in the past and work to deal with those issues first. You cannot expect different results if the same things are there to prevent you from achieving your goals. After you have done this, try to include exercise in your daily schedule in a way that minimally disrupts your daily routine (ex. Going out for a jog for 30 minutes during your break at work). Remember that balance is the key to success here. Going too much out of your way for exercise makes it seem like an extra task in your daily routine, which usually becomes the task that you cut out of your life when things become busy.
2. Make realistic goals. The common mistake that people make that contributes to the decrease in motivation is setting the bar too high. Don’t expect to lose 10-15 pounds in a couple of weeks. For a normal person, this is simply unrealistic! Instead, make a routine that will help you reach your goals over a longer period of time. If you are looking to lose weight, aim for about 5 pounds a month. Remember that as you exercise, you will likely start to gain muscle as well. As muscle weighs more than fat, you may start to see a drop in the rate at which your weight decreases. Do not let this discourage you as the number on the scale does not tell the entire story. Even if your weight is not decreasing, your body fat may be. Also, you will probably see a significant improvement in the tone of your body instead.
3. Seek the advice of professionals to start you off on the right path. Quite often, people lose their motivation in the gym because of the lack of direction. They quickly get into a routine that becomes quite boring and repetitive. This is where you need the help of professionals such as personal trainers to help you construct a varied workout menu that will help you reach your goals in a realistic manner.
I wish you all the best with your fitness goals for 2012!