By Sara Stevens
Edited by Tony Lin
It is getting to be that time of year again, when hot summer days are turning into cool autumn nights. Soon, the sound of school bells and children playing in the school yard will be heard again and the smell of the cool, crisp air will be a reminder that the season is changing. Any time is a good time to get active, but the fall is a time to shape up and get back to class!
Autumn has always been special to me, possibly because it signals an end, but at the same time, gifts us with a new beginning. Between the changes in weather, the vibrant colors surrounding every corner you turn, and pumpkin spice everything, it is hard not to fall in love with this season. I usually feel inspired during this time of the year, almost as if I'm going through a metamorphosis because there are so many changes and opportunities to get me moving. With BellaVita, we have many great options for you to get started on your fall fitness journey!
Some of the options that our Bellas and Bellos will have the opportunity to take advantage of are:
BellaVita offers some great Zumba classes, with some amazing, up-beat instructors leading the classes. If you want to really get your adrenaline pumping and those endorphins going, Zumba is definitely the class for you! With rhythmic beats ranging from Latin American music to hip hop, there is always a variety that constantly keeps the classes fun and unique. One of the best things about Zumba, besides getting in shape from dancing, is that you can take the moves you learned out of the classroom, and on to the dance floor, ultimately, impressing everyone with your new moves. How fun!
Zumba is not only fun, but has many benefits as well!
Burning Calories: Since this class changes from slow and controlled movements to high intensity, it keeps your metabolism at a higher rate for a longer period of time. With your metabolism being kicked into high gear, it results in an extremely efficient fat-burning mode of weight loss.
Improves Confidence: Since Zumba is a social fitness experience, you get the chance to connect with other people while having fun and getting into shape. Not only that, but the experience to be able to improve your dance moves in a fun environment can give your confidence a huge boost and make you more comfortable with your body.
Increases Coordination: Whenever I try to get my friends or family to take a Zumba class with me, usually the first thing I hear is, "I don't think it is for me, I have two left feet!" But the thing is that you have to start somewhere! With time, things start to make sense and honestly even the most experienced Zumba participants will go left when they should be going right, but that is part of the fun. The truth is that the older we get, the more we should stimulate the part of our brain that is responsible for coordination because it is one of the first things to diminish as we age. With Zumba being a multi-task activity with changing movements throughout the class, it ensures that we stay in shape but also improve our coordination.
BellaVita takes pride in its yoga classes and we have wonderful instructors to lead you through your yoga flow. With summer coming to an end and the reality of getting back into the swing of things, yoga is the perfect class to take. It will help you center yourself and be able to deal with your day-to-day tasks at hand with a calm and collected state of mind.
Almost everyone knows that yoga is good for you, but these are a few reasons why you should take advantage of our yoga classes:
Relieve Depression and Anxiety: With the stress in today's society, it is more than likely that everyone at one point has fallen into some sort of depression or have been hit with anxiety. There are ways to be able to control that though. It has been found that those who practice yoga have a considerable increase in their serotonin level and a decrease in their cortisol level, which can contribute to a greater sense of happiness and encourages a positive immune function.
Improves Flexibility: Yoga can be intimidating to someone who has never practiced it before or claims to have limited flexibility, but similar to everything you try, you have to start somewhere. If you keep coming back to our classes and practicing, you will notice that after a few sessions, you will be able to touch your toes when you initially couldn't a few weeks or days before. This is a result of your muscles gradually loosening, which is great because it can aid in reducing all of the aches and pains that you may feel on a daily basis. Plus, it is kind of cool to know that you can do some poses that you would've never imagined yourself capable of doing!
Improves Focus: Practicing can help you focus, because a key goal in yoga is to have you focus on the present and only think in the here and now. The benefit of the meditation in this class is that it can improve your coordination over time and it can also improve your memory. Yoga helps the mental building blocks in solving problems and to be able to better recall information. Distraction is a major hindrance in our world because we have so many gadgets, and things, or thoughts going on that we never really take a step back and just focus on the present.
Promotes a Healthy Lifestyle: A consistent yoga practice helps you burn calories, because you are always moving and this results in a higher heart rate. You are also equipped with an open mind during and after the practice that can lead you to take the steps to dig deeper into your eating habits and maybe take control of any weight issues you may have. You will be able to understand yourself on a deeper level and that may be a kind of therapy that will open you up to being more aware of what you put into your body.
If you are looking for a more challenging workout that includes the benefits of yoga, then Pilates is the class for you!
If you are thinking about taking this class with BellaVita, you won't regret it.
"What will I gain from Pilates?" Well, I'm glad you asked...
Amazing Abs: Pilates is a core-focused class. Throughout every movement, you are focusing on your core and making sure that you are using it the whole time maintaining balance. What does this mean? It means that throughout this class you will develop a stronger core that is elongated and toned, which means a flatter belly. Sign me up!
Relieves Tension: We have all been tense at one point or another in our lives due to everyday stress, but we have become so used to it that often we don't even notice the signs anymore. Tension is not fun because it causes muscles to tighten, leading to muscle spasms and tension headaches. Through Pilates, you will be able to gently stretch and condition your muscles, which will lose you up and lessen your stress so it conditions you both mentally and physically.
Increased Confidence: Someone who is confident often stands out in a crowd. Would you believe me if I said that the way someone holds themselves has everything to do with it? One of the most important concepts to take away from Pilates is that your posture is everything. With this class, you are aligning your body and elongating it, which will in turn make you look taller. When you stand tall, often you feel tall and that will lead to gaining a sense of confidence. Embrace it and be proud of yourself, you've earned it
If any of our Bellas or Bellos are looking for more of a personalized fitness experience, we offer one-on-one training. Some of the private sessions that we offer are yoga, Pilates, one-on-one weight training. We also include nutrition plans and guidance, everything is personalized and fitted to meet your needs and fitness goals. This is definitely a great option if you want to get a little bit more out of your workouts.
We are excited to announce our next event!! Bring your dancing shoes and your positive energy because we will be hosting a "Back to Class" Zumba Bootcamp! It will be a combination of Zumba dance moves and High Intensity Interval training. We would love for you to join us and get back into the swing of things! Can't wait to see you there!
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