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Published Monday Jan 13, 2020 by Sara Lesher

5 Reasons You Should Try a Zumba Class

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You’ve probably heard of Zumba, but you might not know what’s up with all these people dancing in a room together. Is it really exercise? Do you have to be a good dancer to keep up?  
 
Here are five reasons you won’t regret signing up for that Zumba class. 

Anyone can do it!

Zumba is perfect for “everybody and every body,” no matter your age, size, experience, or fitness level. It brings people together, so grab your girls (or your grandma!), and start moving.

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Anyone can do it!

Zumba is perfect for “everybody and every body,” no matter your age, size, experience, or fitness level. It brings people together, so grab your girls (or your grandma!), and start moving.

It combines all elements of fitness.

It’s not just dancing. Zumba gives you a total workout, including cardio, muscle conditioning, balance, and flexibility. You can choose to target specific muscle groups depending on your desired goals.

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It combines all elements of fitness.

It’s not just dancing. Zumba gives you a total workout, including cardio, muscle conditioning, balance, and flexibility. You can choose to target specific muscle groups depending on your desired goals.

It's good for your body and mind.

Zumba provides both physical and psychological benefits. Studies show that moderate-intensity dance is linked to better cardiovascular health and cognitive benefits. Plus, people who practice Zumba, in particular, tend to feel more independent and purposeful in life.

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It's good for your body and mind.

Zumba provides both physical and psychological benefits. Studies show that moderate-intensity dance is linked to better cardiovascular health and cognitive benefits. Plus, people who practice Zumba, in particular, tend to feel more independent and purposeful in life.

It's convenient.

With classes offered all over the world as well as Zumba Digital Classes you can do at home, Zumba easily fits into your schedule and lifestyle. Odds are, your current gym probably offers Zumba classes!

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It's convenient.

With classes offered all over the world as well as Zumba Digital Classes you can do at home, Zumba easily fits into your schedule and lifestyle. Odds are, your current gym probably offers Zumba classes!

It's fun!

Zumba is known for being a disguised workout, meaning a workout that feels more like fun than exercise. Think about how sore your muscles feel after a night out clubbing or dancing at a concert with friends. This is simply a more targeted, organized version of that!

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It's fun!

Zumba is known for being a disguised workout, meaning a workout that feels more like fun than exercise. Think about how sore your muscles feel after a night out clubbing or dancing at a concert with friends. This is simply a more targeted, organized version of that!

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Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As MINDBODY’s Marketing Content Associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).
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Published Monday Feb 17, 2020 by The Dailey Method

How to Be Intentional with Your Workout: Tips from The Dailey Method

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The intentions we set in our daily lives are often methods for healing wounds, whether they’re self-inflicted or have been passed down to us by others. Developing a conscious practice to get rid of negative thoughts or feelings we’re holding onto can help us move in a more positive direction toward letting go, healing, and being present. 

Moving intentionally within our bodies allows us to fully notice how they feel so we can acknowledge and target the right areas. Some days we struggle to work hard enough while others, we push ourselves too hard! We do this both in class and in other areas of our life. It's important to remember to understand our bodies’ rhythms or fatigue while making space for our humanness, feelings, or need to be vulnerable.  

Here are a few simple guidelines for following intentions during your workout:

 

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Be intentional about the way you set up each exercise.  

Remember that just like in life, taking a moment to pause and build the appropriate foundation will undoubtedly support you to be 100% successful on your journey. At The Dailey Method, we refer to this kind of mindful exercise as a “meditation in movement” and begin our practice with intentions. During the warmup, instructors encourage students to set an intention for their workout, even if it’s just a focus on breath, and then revisit it during their final resting pose. Often, we associate these goals with our Word of the Month, a specific theme to help guide our practice each month. But there are so many intentions to choose from—moving with your breath, moving with grace, forgiving yourself, shining your light out, the options are limitless, and you can alter them each day depending on where you are right here and right now. 

“Personally, I am so grateful for this process being part of my Dailey practice,” says Jill Dailey, founder of The Dailey Method. “It is a built-in opportunity for me to stay in the present, and when I wander (because of course I do!) a tool to guide my presence back to the here and now.” 

 

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Pause when it’s tough. 

When the workout gets challenging or you feel like giving up at any point during class, set an intention to pause and remember the fact that we are all on this same path, doing this exercise together. You have all the tools you need to be successful—even if it means taking a quick rest or resetting your alignment! Don’t compare yourself to others; just focus on yourself and your goals for the workout. Remember why you’re there.  

 

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Carry your intentions with you.  

As you leave class, move with deliberation and show up at your next appointment, event, family gathering, or grocery shopping excursion as the greatest version of you. You just rocked your class and brought effort, strength, perseverance, and commitment. Acknowledge that and bring it with you. Don't forget about the intentions you set during class; figure out how you can apply them to other areas of your life! 

Make moving with intention part of your next workout by taking a class at The Dailey Method near you today!  

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The Dailey Method is here to help you achieve a strong, lean, sculpted body through fitness classes that pull from multiple disciplines. They ignite awareness through hands-on training and education, focusing on alignment and strength for a better posture, better movement, and better you.