Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Salsa For Weight Loss?

In physical exercise, aerobic exercise is literally means "with oxygen", and refers to the use of oxygen in muscles' energy-generating process. Aerobic exercise, which is also referred to as Cardio, includes any type of exercise, typically those performed at moderate levels of intensity for extended periods of time, that maintain an increased heart rate. In such exercise, oxygen is used to "burn" fats and glucose.

“But why do people think they have to get on a treadmill or bike at the gym to do their Cardio?” says Rafael Moret,CSCS, President of Results 4 Sure Personal Training (www.Results4Sure.com). “After a while walking on the treadmill or riding the bike at the gym is boring, and you don’t want that”. People should only do their cardio indoors once per week, the rest of the aerobic workout should come from an outside activity. People want to have fun with their workouts and develop habits that will become part of their lifestyle. “Salsa Dancing, not Salsa Aerobics, is the one that we encourage the most.” Salsa is a dance that can evoke the wild, untamed spirit in us all. If you’re tired of going to the gym, tired of working out to music that doesn't inspire you, then why not dance and get a great workout at the same time to music you’ll love. It is perfect for those who want to burn calories and learn Latin dancing at the same time!

“The reason we encourage dance class vs. aerobic class is because of the Lifestyle enhancing qualities it provides,” says Moret. Exercising has to be part of your life not just a phase, if you are looking to lose weight or simple stay in shape. Sometimes, aerobic classes are very repetitious and don’t actually teach skills you can use on the Dance floor, which create a lifestyle that people will enjoy and not seem like its work, and that guarantees weight loss and good cardiovascular activity. SALSA is hot, sexy, fun and easy to follow. Salsa is absolutely captivating for those who dance, and for those who observe.

Want to know what kind of results you can expect? Well, in a 1hour class the average person can burn 400-700 calories. That is about the same amount of calories you would burn in a traditional “Spinning” class or 1 hour on cross trainer with heavy resistance.

“When our clients live in the South Florida area we send them to Brian at Mambo con Cache (www.MamboConCache.com ). For our Central Florida clients we refer them to Eric at Universal Mambo (www.UniversalMambo.com ).” says Rafael. “Our clients expect results that will last a lifetime and we provide that be helping them develop a better lifestyle”.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Fighting Off the Flu with Fitness

The shortage of the influenza vaccine made headlines all over the nation in the past, prompting long lines at health departments everywhere. While vaccines are helpful – especially for those with serious health problems – most people can improve their chances of staying healthy during flu season with exercise and nutrition. Unfortunately, this preventative angle hasn’t been getting much publicity.

The concept is simple: in order for your immune system to work, you have to move. This isn’t a far – out concept, it is a medically recognized fact. One of the reasons health care providers try to get patients moving as soon as possible after surgery is to stimulate immune response and decrease the chance of infection. The same principle applies to preventing the flu (maybe if you go home and rest you will also buy some more medicine, causing an increase in profit. Maybe that’s why they prescribe you some rest, so you can remain ill, but that’s a whole other story). If you engage in a daily exercise routine and get the proper amount of vitamins, you have a significantly reduce chance of getting the flu.

Movement is crucial to fighting illness off. While we have a pump to get blood through the circulatory system – the heart – there is no pump for the lymphatic system, which provides a crucial line of defense against infection by carrying lymph fluid throughout the body. The only way to move the lymph fluid through the body is to move – contracting your muscles and compressing parts of the lymphatic system. This action, analogous to squeezing toothpaste out of the tube, is what moves the lymph fluid throughout the body.

On the nutritional front, it is also important to increase your intake of Vitamin C. Two important components of your body’s immune system are cholesterol and Vitamin C. (This does not mean you should go wolf down a couple of Big Macs and a glass of orange juice! Your liver makes plenty of cholesterol – just add the Vitamin C.)

In summary, exercise is a very effective way to strengthen the immune system. Combine it with a plentiful supply of Vitamin C in your diet and you will decrease your chances of catching the flu…even with out the flu shot.