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Why Sweating is so good!

Increased circulation– It improves your cardiovascular system.

Detoxification– By sweating toxins out through the pores – accumulated metals, alcohol, acids, and nicotine.

Immune system When your body temperature starts to increase, it mimics a fever that burns up the bugs in your blood.

Weight control– Sweating means you have increased you caloric demand, hence burning more calories. This causes the body to also decrease in size and removes cellulite.

Skin health– Another benefit of sweating (profuse sweating) is that it deeply cleanses skin pores and makes skin glow. It improves the tone and texture of your skin and will actually add a healthy glow and color to your face, making you radiate beautifully.

There is something primal about the process of sweating. The word root for perspire (another fancy word for sweat) is the same as the word root for spirit and breath, as is respire and expire. It is this basic mix of fire with water that creates steam in our bodies.

Remember, you are mostly water, and you are warm. When you heat water, it changes from a liquid to a warm steam as it moves up and out through the body, radiating heat and your electro-magnetic field (auric field, wei qi) beyond bodily form. Even under normal conditions sweating occurs constantly, though the process of perspiration may be imperceptible. Our skin is like a fine screen with bubbling, gurgling steam inside. So even when we are not wiping sweat off our faces, we are steaming a super-fine mist inside.

Inside our skin, heat rises right to our when the heart pumps faster, blood moves and the body heats up. Blood takes energy from the excess tissue and turns into heat and way down the line steams it out of our bodies.

Sweat in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) starts in the kidneys with the spark of adrenal glands (like Kidney Yang), beginning the steaming process. The triple warmer is a little-understood organ which is responsible for water metabolism. The triple warmer has no form but exists in the spaces of the body, lower, middle, and upper. This triple warmer function is essential for good fluid circulation and therefore good sweat. Steaming liquids throughout the body and even all the way up to the top of the head is part of a cleansing process. A diet high in calories, damp food, and refined food promotes a clogging of the triple burner function. Clear thoughts and energy cannot be properly steamed up to the head or the house of the clear yang as it is called.

Lack of water and exercise also contributes to the clogging of the system, with the cauldron steaming a sticky, greasy mess instead of a fine mist. The bodily systems need to be unburdened., flushed, and re-opened. Spa programs which include colonics, detox programs, exercise, massage, and of course sauna/steam help quickly reopen the triple burner for optimal functioning or steaming.

Sweating is a primary way to reopen the triple warmer function and steam clear fluids throughout your body. After sweating, you get a calm and clean feeling in both body and mind.

Once again…we succeed!

We had our Share Love Zumba® Party this last week and everything was a huge success! We raised money for an organization in Thailand called “In Search of Sanuk”. In Search of Sanuk directly provides food, shelter, and educational support for survivors of torture and trauma, focusing special attention on at risk women and girls.

What a great way to start our week! Sharing love and having fun at the same time in our Zumba® Party 🙂

Let’s do it again soon!

Is Zumba® an Effective Workout, or Is It Just Fun?

In 2012, a team of exercise scientists were commissioned to determine whether or not Zumba® fitness holds up as an effective workout.

The study was funded by a grant from the American Council on Exercise (ACE). The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Department of Exercise and Sports Science set out to determine the average exercise intensity and energy expenditure of a typical Zumba® class. They found the following:

    • **Zumba® participants burned an average of 369 calories in a single Zumba® fitness class, or about 9.5 kcal per minute.

    • **Participants’ average heart rate was 154 beats per minute, which is roughly 80 percent of their average predicted maximum heart rate.

**Accepted fitness industry guidelines recommend exercising in the range of 64 to 94 percent of your maximum heart rate to improve cardio endurance, and Zumba® met those requirements.

  • **When heart rate monitor strips were examined, they looked much like interval workouts, going back and forth between high intensity and low intensity. Therefore, Zumba® can help you burn more calories than a steady-state exercise, such as jogging.

  • **In terms of VO2 max (oxygen consumption), the subjects averaged 64 percent, which is well within industry recommendations of 40 to 85 percent for improving cardio endurance—which increases your longevity!

Of particular note is that maximum heart rate and oxygen consumption responses for all study participants fell within the range of industry guidelines, in spite of their wide range of fitness levels.

In comparison with other exercises tested by the University of Wisconsin, Zumba® burned more calories than cardio kickboxing, step aerobics, hooping, and power yoga. This research certainly suggests that Zumba® can be a highly effective total-body workout with a wide range of benefits.

Why is Zumba® such a good exercise class?

  • Interval training. Alternating rhythms such as salsa, hip-hop, cha-cha, and even belly dancing in five-minute segments maximizes body toning and sculpting.

  • Calorie burning. In addition to benefiting your heart and lungs, this type of aerobic exercise can help you burn off about 450 calories in one hour.

  • Core muscles. Zumba concentrates on the muscles of the abdomen, back, buttocks, and upper legs, which are your core muscles. These are the most important muscles for spine stability and overall aerobic fitness.

These other tips will help you maximize the benefits of a Zumba class:

  • For beginners. If you are new to or just getting back into exercise, ask about beginning level Zumba classes. There are also Gold Zumba classes for seniors with a less strenuous pace and even Aqua Zumba classes for those looking for a low-impact version.

  • Getting warmed up. Always make sure your Zumba classes include a good warm-up and cool-down period.

  • Be comfortable. Dress comfortably and make sure to have good support for your feet. The lateral movement of the dance steps can put stress on feet and ankles.

  • Bring water with you. It’s important to stay well hydrated during a one-hour Zumba class.

Zumba fitness classes are a fun way to burn calories and get in shape. If you like dancing and a party-like atmosphere, try out a local Zumba class

“Bring The Pink” Zumbathon™ 2014

We successfully concluded another year of raising money for a good cause! This time we were able to raise more than 125,000 Thai Baht.

We danced for 90 minutes with one purpose in mind: To raise money for Breast Cancer Research. The night was filled with happiness and good vibes.

At the end of the event we gave away AWESOME prizes from ours sponsors of the night: Lifestyle Juice Cleanse, Taste of Thailand Food Tours, Dean & Deluca, CHU Chocolate Bar, Centara Hotel Spa, Lexus, Pinata and more!

October is Breast Cancer month. If you still wish to donate please click HERE

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Photo credit: Luis Calderon

 

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