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March 2014


I thought we all needed a little warmth so instead of a wintery pic, I'm looking forward to sunny days! We've already begun to ramp up our ab exercises in light of Spring Break and the eventual thaw! 

Not to mention a reason to wear our new Dance Crop Top!!! Layer this one until you are ready to show off your gorgeous, well deserved abs, done in bamboo cotton stretch fleece, ridiculously soft, and love the thumbholes! We did a longer version as well, both in either Rocket at right or Charcoal. www.gishskirtsstore.com

We recently had a Fri Night Dance Cardio hour at the Beach location and it was amazing! Maybe we should do more of those?!

March session starts next week Mon 3, Tues 4th, then we have a week off (March 10-13) since the schools are closed for Spring Break, but we're good because we go right into the first week of April to get all four weeks.

Looking forward to seeing you next week for Spring Training!   
 

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ice_cream.jpg                 What your cravings mean

 

Author of the book "What Flavor is Your Personality?" Alan R. Hirsch M.D. explains that our cravings and food choices give us an insight to our personalities and dietary needs.

 

 


CRAVINGS: We all have them, whether it's the 2 am ice-cream munchies or the random "I NEED CHOCOLATE NOW" attack during work. As inconvenient as they may be, cravings are your body's biological language used to communicate when it needs nutrients or satisfaction.

 

Sweets

Why: A craving for sweets indicates a need to uplift your mood. Or it could be that you're low on energy. You might also be low on chromium, carbon phosphorous and sulfur.
 
Try: Taking a walk to boost your energy (sunlight helps), napping, fruits, broccoli and sweet potatoes.

 

Salty

Why: If you have a strong tendency to reach for salty snacks, you may have a mineral deficiency, particularly in chloride, potassium, iron and calcium.
 
Try:  olives, nuts and seeds, rye, celery, seaweed.

 

Sweet and Salty

Why: To function properly, your body needs proper glucose and sodium levels. Craving sweet and salty snacks indicates sluggish body cells.
 
Try: Artichoke hearts, cacao-y pears, apples soaked in lemon-lime juice, frozen cranberries.

 

Chocolate

Why: Chocolate releases a boost of serotonin, a feel-good neurochemical in your brain. So when we crave it, our body is telling us we need a pick-me-up.

 

Try: Go for it, try Belmonte Raw's vegan truffles, divine

 

Spicy

Why: When the body is having trouble cooling down, we reach for something spicy to help our bodies sweat and cool off.

 

 

Crunchy

Why: In a research study, those with low-calcium diets had a higher desire for crunchy foods. It also may suggest that you're frustrated as your body is probably looking for fulfillment, approval or pleasure.

 

Try: Jicama slices with guacamole, kale/sweet potato/apple baked crisps or chickpeas.

 

Carbs

Why: Your body needs nitrogen, causing you to feel fatigued.

 

Try: High-protein foods like nuts, beans and almonds.

 

Citrus

Why: Citric scents have a calming property to them. Citrus cravings mean that your body is trying to relieve itself of stress and anxiety.

 

Try:   an orange and fennel salad

 

               

 

 

 

               

fruit-display.jpg                 March Juice

 

The beet and fennel take over the flavor (and color) in case the green taste isn't to your fancy. I also had a blast of energy from this one.  I'm sure you know this one really requires a juicer as opposed to a blender

 

Cabbage 3 handfuls
 spinach   3 handfuls
 fennel 1/2 of one
 beet    3
 ginger  go for 1/2" 
 cucumber
 apple
               

 

tea-cup-breakfast.jpg   THE BENEFITS OF DIFFERENT TEAS

 

Tea can help your heart, boost your brainpower, keep your metabolism humming and more! Both Fitness Magazine and Self wrote about tea this month so I thought we must need to know!

 

. Green tea can help you maintain a healthy weight. The extract may interfere with fat formation and absorption in the body.  One study exercisers blasted more fat during a half-hour workout when they consumed green tea beforehand

 

. Green tea may help you see better! Components found in green tea positively affect the tissues of the eyes, especially tissue related to the retina.

 

. Green tea has a polyphenol with anticancer properties that may prevent the development of skin tumors, reducing the severity of exposure to UV rays

 

.White tea can help you look younger! Extracts may inhibit wrinkle production by strengthening elastin and collagen

 

. Black tea can help reduce stress levels. A study showed black tea can reduce stress hormones, AND, lower systolic blood pressure (after 6 months of consuming)

 

.Tea drinkers have been shown to have improved accuracy and attention when switching between tasks. They also note it may ward off Parkinson's and slow Alzheimer's

 

. Digestive issues?  Not reading the sports section as often as you should? Kombucha  is the answer.  Look for GT's, the only one without added sugar, and go for the Multi-Green with chlorophyll and spirulina.

 

. Peppermint tea eases cramps. An oil in the leaves relaxes muscles in the GI tract

 

. Ginger tea curbs hunger. The spice generates a sense of warmth in your body that can make you feel full longer.

 

. Chamomile lifts your mood. Depressed patients reduced negative feelings 20-30%

 

. Hibiscus tea, loaded with vitamin C, helps ward off colds and makes skin healthier  

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SkinnyLegs™ gets into the deep, smaller secondary muscles and literally pulls them in creating a longer, slimmer version of yourself! If your goal is to become your teeniest and tightest with really feminine lines, then SkinnyLegs™ is for you!

SkinnyLegs works your entire body to sculpt long and lean arms, legs, glutes and abs through a series of exercises with benefits taken from the ballet and pilates world together with the spirited NON-BULKING dance and interval cardio!

SkinnyLegs utilizes purely your own body weight as resistance training to strengthen, define, tighten, lift, firm and sculpt feminine arms ( light weights are incorporated ), legs, abs and bums. It has been proven that with repetitive exercise focusing on the larger muscles (ie. the treadmill, running, biking...) your larger muscles will do what they are meant to do, become larger and stronger. SkinnyLegs women's only classes will contract your deep, smaller secondary muscles, keeping them guessing through weekly changing exercises and therefore working to create a long, lean physique. The cardio portion incorporates calorie torching dance cardio interspersed with interval training which enhances your results, your endurance and flexibility.

The very nature of the SkinnyLegs program is weekly changing and increasingly challenging to keep you interested and your muscles continually working in the right direction, smaller, tighter, stronger, leaner.