Zumba, Yoga Hop and Yogalates


Already on its way to being a sensation, Zumba is slang in Columbia meaning to buzz like a bee or to move fast. Started in Miami by Columbian choreographer and dancer Alberto "Beto" Perez, Zumba is different because it uses Latin music in its original form, there are no step counts. Using a combination of cha-cha, mambo and salsa dance moves, in an hour-long combination of dance and aerobics, Zumba promises to work every muscle in your body and turn exercise into a party. There is a lot of pivoting in Zumba so most instructors recommend flat bottom shoes to protect the knee from twisting.

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Yoga Shows Potential to Ward Off Certain Diseases


Practicing yoga may do more than calm the mind — it may help protect against certain diseases, a new study suggests. In the study, women who had practiced yoga regularly for at least two years were found to have lower levels of inflammation in their bodies than did women who only recently took up the activity. Inflammation is an immune response and can be beneficial when your body is fighting off infection, but chronically high levels of inflammation are known to play a role in certain conditions, including asthma, cardiovascular disease and depression.

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Pilates and yoga benefit men, too


“I probably look like a meathead, but I’m really not,” said Jim Hirt of Woodstock. At 6 feet 8 and about 270 pounds, Hirt spends four to five days a week lifting weights at his local Life Time Fitness. Four months ago, to the surprise of his weight-lifting buddies, he added Pilates to his exercise routine. “Usually guys think that Pilates is for girls,” Hirt said. “I had that same stigma. [I thought] it was really easy. It’s anything but easy.” A jet engine mechanic for Delta Air Lines, Hirt injured his back at work and had to undergo two surgeries in two years.

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Calories Burned in Yoga


So just how many calories do you burn in Yoga? Can Yoga really burn enough calories to supplement my cardio workout? If you’ve asked yourself the same questions, see below for types of Yoga and the average calories burned during an hour long session. Yoga burns on average about 200 calories per hour, but it really depends on the type of yoga you practice. Also, learning how to intensify your practice and challenging yourself personally during class can really add to the total calories burned.

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Exercisers warned to avoid diet pills


The proliferation of people using pills, supplements and sports drinks to either lose weight or increase the effects of exercise is dangerous and potentially fatal, an assistant fire chief warns. "Most weight-loss pills have caffeine and other stimulants as part of their ingredients," said Assistant Chief David Eichen of the Alton Fire Department.

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Jillian Michaels Fitness Program


Her program is designed to help you establish healthier eating habits, lose weight, and find the support you need to accomplish this. It is all about knowing how to control your calorie intake and then increase caloric output to maximize your weight loss. Another advantage of this program is that she even tells you what to shop for in the supermarket’s food department, thereby making your food choices much easier. You can eat food that you enjoy and gain the nutritional information needed to carry you through this highly focused weight loss program.

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Yoga vs Pilates - Which is better?


It seems that these days you can hardly turn on a television without hearing someone mention Pilates or Yoga. Articles on Pilates and Yoga fill numerous magazines and it seems “everyone who is anyone” is doing one or the other. Why all the excitement? What is so special about these techniques? What are the similarities and differences between Pilates and Yoga? Yoga, as we all know it, is aimed to unite the mind, the body, and the spirit.

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Participants say yoga, Pilates are excellent stress relievers


In an economy that has people cutting the extras from their lives, Barbara Queen, of Joplin, says her exercise classes will not be among the things she forgoes. Queen said Pilates classes have improved her overall health and that the expense of the classes is well worth it. “It’s cheaper than blood pressure medicine. It’s cheaper than going to the doctor,” she said. “I’m out here doing yardwork.

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