Sunday, January 23, 2011

Reclaim Fun!

A friend shared this video on her Facebook site and it made me stop and think. Here's a quick synopsis: a team of scientists found that by making a traditionally drudgerous task fun, people chose fun almost every time regardless of how "hard" it was.
Just like something else I know. ZUMBA!
So I thought about it, why not apply that principle across the board? It's easy to see how much fun children can have doing something like folding laundry or digging holes for planting flowers because
they haven't learned yet that it isn't fun!
My challenge to myself and to you for this week is to "unlearn" that something isn't fun.
Have a paradigm shift.
Forget that exercise isn't supposed to fun, just "good for you."
Forget that making dinner is a chore and reclaim your inner child!
Let's take back the fun, startiung with Zumba on Monday night!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

How to Stay Motivated

Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean you should scrap your exercise plan! After all, wasn't it just a few short weeks ago you were swearing that you were going to exercise three times a week? Or maybe you made your SMART New Year's Goals? But right about now is the time we start to falter...
1. Make a list of all the reasons you want to succeed at your wellness goal. Really, it can be anything, from the very serious, "I don't want to die of heart disease," to the supremely silly, "I want to be able to zip my jeans without having to use a fork to do it!" Now take that piece of paper and put it in your wallet, purse, glove compartment, anywhere you can easily access it. When you're tempted to skip your workout, pull it out and reread it. There is your motivation, in your own words! Hard to argue with yourself, isn't it?
2. Plan ahead! It works for me with meals for the week for a family of five that holds down 2.5 jobs with two school age children who have their own activities. I may deviate from the plan, but at least I had one! So pack your exercise bag the night before and put it in your car. Pack a healthy snack instead of the vending machine at work.
3. Give yourself permission to skip one workout a month. Yes, it actually works. Think about it, what are you going to waste your one skip on? "It's cold out," or "I have a migraine." And who knows, maybe you'll get to the end of the month and never have to use it!
Let's face it, human nature is to make excuses. In spring, it'll be because it's too nice out, in summer it's too hot! There will always be something, right?
Don't let it always be something for you!
Paper City Zumba and Fitness: Bringing fabulous to a class near you!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Paper City Zumba Class Announcement!

Classes are cancelled tonight ONLY, Wednesday, January 12, 2011! Please be safe if you must go out!
I can't wait to see you all back on Monday, January 17, 2011, 6pm Sculpting and 7pm Zumba!
Visit for the most up to date class information!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Tonight's Playlist 1/10/11

It's been awhile since I shared my Zumba playlist so here goes!
Dance and Shout(Dance Hall Version) Shaggy and Pee Wee
Yo Te Beso (Y Arrapaparapapan) JN3
I Fell in Love with the DJ Cheynelle
La Isla Bonita (Salsa Remix)
Prrrum Cosculluela
Pena Por Ti Fulanito
Yeah! (Batuka Mix)
Luna Eddy Lover
Alright Pitbull & Machel Montano
Acuyuye DLG
Temperature Sean Paul
Ahora Es Wisin y Yandel
Abdel Khader Tres Mundos
Mis Colegialas Crooked Stilo
Hallelujeigh Alexandra Burke

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Saturday Zumba at West Side Dance Center!

Paper City Zumba comes back to West Side Dance Center, West Springfield, MA!
This promises to be a HOT one! New year, new you with some amazing new music and routines that are guaranteed to help you get your groove back!
Sign up now for the 10 week session starting 1/8/2011 and you get TWO free classes!
West Side Dance Center's beautiful brand new studio! 315 Main Street, West Springfield, MA
Saturdays at 10:45am, beginning 1/8/2011 to 3/19/2011; no class school vacation week 2/26/2011
$80 for all 10 classes, gets you 2 free classes, usual rate/drop in rate is $10/class!
Call Karen McMahon at West Side Dance Center, 413-734-9734 to register!
Paper City Zumba: Bringing fabulous to a class near you!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Why Should You Check out Paper City Zumba?

How about a chance to win a brand new iPod???
During January, February, and March, bring your friends to Zumba at All Saints' Episcopal Church, 7 Woodbridge Street, South Hadley. Everyone who brings (15) friends over those three months will win an iPod Nano!! What???
Everyone who brings (10) friends will over those three months will win an iPod Shuffle!
Limit is one per student and each new person can only be "new" for one person, one time! If you aren't going to be in class, make sure your friends mention your name so you get your referral points!