Woo Hoo to a New You with Lynne!
While it may be grueling to reach ambitious goals of weight loss or exercise, starting from within and achieving happiness may be the key to long-term success. To help people find their happy place, Zumba, the global fitness brand known for bringing joy into millions of lives, has teamed up with positive psychology, life coaching and nutrition experts Tal Ben-Shahar, Marci Shimoff, and Dr. Mark Hyman, to create a happiness movement that will enhance satisfaction in all areas of one’s life.
Tal Ben-Shahar, former Harvard lecturer, Being Happy and Choose the Life You Want, says to seek out moments of enjoyment: “it’s important to set aside time throughout the week for activities that provide you with pleasure and meaning, like Zumba® classes, which may also positively change your attitude toward life, self and others. Zumba classes include happiness movements – actions that enhance the feeling or emotions that are associated with them to help increase your mood.”
And he’s right-studies have found that heart-pumping, endorphin-boosting workouts elevate happiness and that more physically active people report greater general feelings of excitement and enthusiasm than less active people.
Zumba has taken this concept a step further by combining dance with fitness to create the perfect happiness formula. “We also know that dancing, among many things, reduces stress, diminishes depression and liberates people with feelings of pure joy,” said Alberto Perlman, CEO of Zumba. “In fact, our tagline ‘Let It Move You,’ is a phrase that draws out the passion and enhances the happiness that moves you not only physically but also emotionally-so that the feeling stays with you long after the Zumba® workout is completed.”
To fuel your soul, you also have to fuel your body-and nutrition plays an important role in this process. Dr. Mark Hyman, physician, says, “Focusing on foods that steady blood sugar levels, also promotes the production of serotonin, your happy mood hormone. Optimal amounts of these foods can reduce your risk of depression, promote calmness, and leave you feeling your best.” Dr. Hyman recommends foods rich in vitamin B6 such as avocados and spinach and omega-3 fatty acids including walnuts and wild caught fish.
Join the movement at zumba.com. In the California area, certified Zumba instructor Lynne Hayes Langley offers classes on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays at 6 p.m. and on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the Young Men’s Club on Edwards Street. Whatever your fitness goals, Lynne and Company promise to help you Woo Hoo to a New You!