5 Ways To Burn More Fat In Your Zumba Class

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This post is about all Zumba lovers that are having fun while working out, but want to step up a level.

Zumba has helped millions of people all over the world to melt down the unnecessary pounds; here are a few tips to get the most of your Zumba workouts and burn more fat in order to reach your goals faster.

Enjoy your workout

Zumba is a great way to let loose while you are burning calories, as we are not talking about the boring exercising in the gym with people that make you lower your confidence.

Zumba is taking your workout to a level where you enjoy the music and the dance moves.

That is why it is important to find the right Zumba class for you, where the energy level is the right for you, where you can make friends with the rest of the group and feel part of a community that is on the same path of reaching their goals.

It is also important to feel that the instructor is as energetic and motivational as you need. Do not be afraid to visit different Zumba classes and do not get disappointed if you do not find the right one straight away.

It is important to feel comfortable and really enjoy your workout, so that you can work hard and regularly in order to shake off the pounds.

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Change the routine

Your body is smart and designed to save energy.
If you do the same routines during your Zumba classes, your body will adjust to them, so that it can still save energy.

It is important to find a Zumba class where the instructor is changing the choreography every so often, so that the levels of fat burned keep up.

Work hard

Try to maximize your arm movements during a workout and if there are some new moves that you have not mastered already, just rock the ones you know and you are confident with.

Start a healthy diet

We all know that only 20% of the success to reach weight loss goals belongs to the workouts, all the rest depends on eating healthy.

Pick a diet that is right for you and combined with the fun during a Zumba class, you will be soon achieving great results.

Keep track of your progress

Forget about the traditional weighing scales and get equipped with a body fat monitor to keep track of your fat loss.

It is essential to know where you are at not only with the readings of your weight, but with your body fat percentage as well.

In order to start burning fat, you need to try and reach a minimum heart rate during your Zumba class – It is really a High intensity Cardio training. So maybe it is a good idea to get yourself a heart-rate monitor.

 

Author’s Bio:  Rudy Dewatine is an adventurous digital nomad and fitness enthusiast from France.

Sweat Playlist November

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I got some hot new playlist (and routines) for my lovely students the month of November and I cannot wait to dance it in class!

I was inspired to make this playlist when I found my old iPod Touch from when I was 19… that was 9 years ago! Can you believe it? How time flies so fast!

I’m super excited to show my routines to my class as these songs are my style,my jam! woot! woot! I was up all night making the routines and just had a blast dancing,singing and listening to it. These songs bring back memories for sure!

Get ready to jump,jig and sweat with me with these fun tracks:

“Let Me Think About It”

“Hey Ya!”

“Gasolina”

“Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You”

I hope you like this playlist and maybe add these songs to your workout playlist as well. ’til next time!

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How Stress Impacts Weight Gain and How to Fight It

When stress hits the fan, most of us turn to salty or sugary snacks for comfort. Nevertheless, food binges caused by emotional turmoil can get out of hand unless you watch your servings, which can result in rapid weight gain – and we all know just how tough it can be to lose pounds once extra inches begin to show in the waistline and lower body. But why exactly do we commit cookie jar raids in times of tension, and how can we deal with stress in healthier, non-fattening ways?

Nature’s Law: Fight or Flight, Then Feed

The impulse to reach for high-calorie foods after stressful situations has its roots in the human DNA. Exposure to situations perceived as dangerous triggers a chain reaction in the body known as the fight-or-flight response which manifests itself through increased heart rate, shortness of breath, sweating, muscle tension, and rapid release of stress hormones. Back in the era when early hominids prowled the Earth, contact with danger implied either combat or escape, both of which require energy, so it’s only natural that our brain follows up on stress with the urge to feast on energy-dense foods and replenish nutrients expended through fighting or flight. That’s where calories come in: unless expended through physical activity during or after times of trial, the carbohydrates consumed in post-stress feasts will wind up transformed into fat and stored in the body for future use; hence stress-induced weight gain. But while the genetic code cannot be reversed, our response to stress can be rewired – and here’s how.

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Non-Nom Stress Management Methods

When stress comes hitting home, pause for a moment before you dash off to raid the fridge and try one of the following techniques instead. Non-dietary stress management methods are better for your physical, mental, and emotional health, and they won’t add inches to your waistline or lead to the vicious cycle of emotional eating and weight-related stress.

1. A Bellyful of Breath

Instead of letting stress feast on your nerves or stuffing frustration down your throat in the form of sugary snacks, fill your belly with deep, relaxing breaths. Conscious breathing techniques have proved to be efficient in dealing with errant stress response, and they’re a healthier and cheaper alternative to comfort foods.

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2. Sweating Stress Out

When stress goes through the roof, take it out for a walk, hike, or jogging spree. Dynamic sports such as basketball, tennis, soccer, and running are beneficial for cardiovascular health, and they can also help you knock off weight instead of adding it to your list of things to stress about. The takeaway? Next time stress hits the fan, throw on comfy workout apparel and sneakers and hit the gym, not the fridge.

3. A Few Ommms A Day

An Ommm session a day can keep stress at bay, and it will do a nice number on your health, too. Meditation is a powerful stress management technique that will stabilize your mood and heart rate and help you control emotional eating that leads to weight gain. In addition to its benefits for the waistline, mindfulness meditation can improve your cognitive function and memory. The best part? You can meditate anywhere and anytime you feel like it, free of charge.

4. Stress-Relief Hobbies

Hobbies such as gardening, knitting, painting, writing, and photography are efficient stress relief methods, and such pastime activities will also help unleash your imagination and improve your mood, no calories attached. In case you’re not the creative type, try reading, dancing, or listen to music: believe it or not, even a video game can serve as a distraction to take your mind off negativity and cleanse your system of stress.

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5. Pamper Yourself a Bit

Stress is a normal part of life and it can’t be avoided, but you can counteract its negative effects on your figure by pampering yourself when the going gets tougher than usual. Instead of sitting on the negativity rock, indulge your senses by a spa session, massage, or a hot bath with scented oils. You’ll be surprised just how much pleasure such small delights can add to your life and help you deal with the less pleasant aspects of it.
Stress is called a silent killer for a reason, but its negative effects can easily spill from the mental to the physical plane and add another point to your Worry List. Fortunately, dealing with tension is much easier if you have the right items in your bag of stress management tricks – and if you’re still here, you now have a few ideas on how to avoid falling into the trap of emotional eating in times of frustration, anger, and tension.

 

Bio: Nicole is a lifestyle blogger passionate about travel and healthy living. She always seeks new adventures and enjoys sharing her experiences with others. In her free time she likes to prepare healthy and delicious food for her friends. You can find her on Twitter and FB