Friday, October 30, 2009

Announcing VIP Women's Dance

Meet my new friends at VIP Women's Dance in Jacksonville Beach! VIP Women's Dance is a place for women to get fit, feel sexy, and dance!

We are very excited to announce the addition of Zumba Fitness classes with No Frills Dance starting in December!
VIP offers a complimentary introductory class on Mondays at 8pm and Saturdays at 1pm for any women curious about the variety of classes they offer. Lynn Maxey and Leigh Ann Zagray will make women of all ages and all skill levels feel welcome, safe, and successful.

Specializing in pole fitness, chair dance, and belly dance for women only, VIP can also book a party for your next ladies night out with the girls. Celebrate your bachelorette party or special event with VIP and create a memorable fun experience you will never forget!

To RSVP for the introductory class, book a party, or ask questions, call Lynn or Leigh Ann at (904) 415-7590.

Watch the No Frills Dance news feeds for the official December start date of Zumba Fitness at VIP.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Get Moving!

Movement begets movement. Joint issues such as arthritis prevent a lot of people from doing the things they want to do. My best advice: early on, develop a lifestyle that will keep ailments at bay. (And forget about age. I've known 20-somethings with back issues, so please don't assume this article is about aging.)

Not being a doctor, I can't advise a particular course for all y'all out there. But I can share my own experience. Two years ago, I had started waking up in the morning with joints going snap-crackle-etc. That was a new thing, and it didn't sound good. I had just started teaching Zumba Fitness, and when we got going in class, my joints added their own weird soundtrack for my ears alone.

When I noticed that my morning spring-out-of-bed routine had turned into more of a grunt-and-roll, I started questioning. And being stubborn, and not willing to buy into that aging thing, I saw no reason to let things continue in that direction.

My solution for my body? Simple. Fish oil. Move more. My massage therapist had been recommending fish oil for months, and until my bones started singing, I smiled and nodded at her respectfully. I've never been real consistent about taking supplements, but the symphony of snapping in my knees, wrists, ankles, etc was pretty motivating. I finally listened to my massage therapist and started taking one capsule of fish oil each morning.

Concurrently, my Zumba Fitness class load built to a consistent three classes per week. It meant that I was moving those happy little joints a lot more, a lot more often, and with regularity. Within a couple of months, the creaking and cracking was gone.

Since then, I have taken one fish oil capsule per day religiously, with no need to up that dosage. My activity level in Zumba Fitness alone, never mind teaching Ballroom and Latin, has remained steady at a minimum of 3 hour-long classes per week.

The result? Within the first couple months of fish oil + activity, my joints quit creaking and snapping in the morning. The warm-up sequence during my classes no longer had an extra, personal soundtrack. Moving in general felt, and continues to feel, easier and more fluid.

No. I probably couldn't do ultra-demanding activities like climbing Mt. Everest. But that's not on my list of what, how, and why I need to be able to move. I can do my everyday activites, all the dancing and non-dancing things I desire to do, and probably a little more if necessary, with comfort and ease.

So my ultimate advice? Find an activity you love and do it. Start small and slow if you're already grappling with body issues. Consult a physician, personal trainer, or some other well-being professional. But commit to yourself and your future that you will do one vitally important thing: MOVE.