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Zumba: Still Keeping People Fit Years After Its Inception

There are many choices of exercise programs out there and some can be described as “more interesting” than others. Take Zumba, for example, a great program under the category of dance fitness that has been around for approximately 20 years. Zumba is trademarked and owned by a company called Zumba Fitness, LLC.

This class based exercise program was invented by accident by a Colombian man who was a dancer and choreographer, by the name of Alberto Perez. It is an aerobic exercise, meaning that it allows for increases in heart rate and blood pressure during exercise, helping to keep the heart healthy and free of heart disease.

There are components of both dance and aerobics in this program. Many people use it for weight loss, healthy weight management, heart health, muscle toning and for overall fitness. It can be done by people young and old. Continue reading

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Dropped the Ball on Your New Year’s Resolution?It’s two weeks into January and twenty-five percent of us have already abandoned our New Year’s resolutions.

We start out January with great intentions. We resolve to lose weight, eat healthy, exercise more, gain control over our finances or to generally have a more positive outlook. Some of us have no problem keeping their resolutions.

According to researcher John Norcross, a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, about 50 percent of people will make a resolution every New Year.

But for many of us, shortly after the New Year, a week or two or even a month in, we begin to slide back into our old ways, eventually completely forgetting about our resolutions.

Why do so many people have problems succeeding in following through?

Researchers have studied this behavior to try to find the reason. Is it simply because people are weak-willed? Or just lazy? Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolution: How to Start a Fitness Regimen You Can Stick With

Losing weight and getting healthy rank in the top five New Year’s Resolutions each year. If you’re hoping to make some healthy changes beginning January 1, you’re not alone. Why not try some of these suggestions for how to start a fitness regimen you can stick with?

Know where you’re starting. This means you’ll want to weigh yourself and take measurements of your body so you will be able to see your progress. You may even want to write down your measurements – bust, hips, thighs and waist.

Think about the things you like to do. One way to start a fitness regimen you’ll stick with is to choose an activity you enjoy doing. Working out in the gym is great if that is what interests you. However, if you don’t like the monotony of lifting weights, you may want to try something like ice skating, swimming, skateboarding, running or one of many other sports or activities. Continue reading

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Get Fit, Age Strong

The Benefits of Exercise Go Beyond Weight Loss

Whether you want to lose a few or a hundred pounds, it’s crucial that you understand that the benefits of exercise go way beyond weight loss and cosmetic enhancement. Some benefits of exercise pertain to your health in particular.

Exercising often (3-4 times a week, an hour and a half at least each day) has been found by experts to greatly reduce the risk of several diseases and health conditions. Some diseases that exercise will help you prevent are heart disease, stroke, and Peripheral Vascular Disease.

High blood pressure and high cholesterol are both health conditions that could be avoided by regular exercise. Diabetes that’s non-insulin-dependent can be controlled by eliminating most body fat and increasing your daily physical activity.

Over 40% of American people alone are considered medically obese. This is caused by a lack of activity in your everyday life and the increase in fast food in our diets. By building muscle mass rather than fat, it will help your metabolism increase, which makes burning calories easy. Continue reading

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Amazon Price: $18.29 (as of May 28, 2016 3:40 am – Details). Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Four million players and counting have already discovered the exhilarating Zumba Fitness interactive video game work out. Following the worldwide best-selling original, Zumba Fitness Rush builds on that phenomenal success while elevating the exer-game category to a new level of fun, effective fitness. This cutting-edge experience layers in a wealth of exclusive content only available on Kinect, plus lots of new features and improvements that amp up the dance fitness play so you can party yourself into shape!

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Amazon Price: $39.99 $29.99 You save: $10.00 (25%). (as of May 28, 2016 12:21 pm – Details). Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Three million players and counting have already discovered the exhilarating Zumba Fitness interactive video game work out. Following the worldwide best-selling original, Zumba Fitness 2 builds on that phenomenal success while elevating the exer-game category to a new high of fun, effective fitness. This cutting-edge experience layers in loads of new features and improvements, amps up the dance-fitness party and gives you even more ways to sculpt your body and party yourself into shape. Get ready for the sleek, sexy physique you've always dreamed of!

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Amazon Price: $29.99 $13.39 You save: $16.60 (55%). (as of May 28, 2016 5:38 am – Details). Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Zumba Fitness is an exercise game and program for Wii that taps into the Zumba dance-exercise craze that has swept the nation. Surprisingly challenging, and addictively fun, the 30 heart-pounding Zumba routines that make up Zumba Fitness utilize the motion sensing capabilities of the Wii Remote or Wii Remote Plus controller which work along with the exclusive Wii Remote belt, included with the game, to create a fun but result-producing workout. Additional features include: 4-player support, including a two-on-two co-op option; multiple skill levels along with a training level; multiple in-game instructors and venues.

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Amazon Price: $299.99 $287.99 You save: $12.00 (4%). (as of May 28, 2016 8:28 am – Details). Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

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Gaming fans have long debated between the particular merits of their favorite console compared to their competitors. While the Xbox 360 and PS3 fans could point to processing power, gameplay and titles specific to each, the main selling point of the Wii was its unique playing style and fun game titles. However, with the introduction of the PS3 Move and the Xbox Kinect, Nintendo no longer have the monopoly on movement based controllers. Whereas the Wii and PS3 Move are both controller based systems, the Xbox 360 Kinect takes it one step further by entirely removing the need for controllers.

The Kinect Sensor employs full body tracking software that recognizes and mirrors your actions on the screen, making your whole body the controller. Games are played through whole body movements, while menu pages are navigated with a flick of the hand or through spoken commands. The Kinect has certainly raised the bar when it comes to motion sensor computer gaming, but does it actually work as a console or is the Kinect simply a demonstration of what is possible? Continue reading

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Amazon Price: $39.95 $26.81 You save: $13.14 (33%). (as of May 28, 2016 8:28 am – Details). Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Zumba Gold LIVE IT UP DVD Set

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