"Ariane is the most distinct light and important voice of our time." -Dr. Alvin Jones
Read More Testimonials»

On the Diet and Fitness Blog

Work Your Body, Work Your Mind

It took me a long time to admit that I wasn’t successfully coping with my depression and anxiety on my own. It took even longer to come up with a plan to fight back against my own...

Read More About Work Your Body, Work Your Mind»

Our Getting in Shape Experts

Paige Waehner

Paige Waehner

Personal trainer and author of About.com's guide to exercise

Shared by First30Days View Profile»
Gin Miller

Gin Miller

Creator of step training and a top fitness professional for...

Shared by First30Days View Profile»
Dr. John Spencer Ellis

Dr. John Spencer Ellis

CEO of the National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association...

Shared by First30Days View Profile»

Meet all of our Diet and Fitness Experts»

News

The latest news on this change — carefully culled from the world wide web by our change agents. They do the surfing, so you don't have to!

Shake Your Booty

Shake Your Booty

Television dance shows and stories about contestants losing weight have people around the globe saying, “Why not me?” After all, dancing stars have found an effective way to burn excess calories and boost stamina all while having a good time. Now, that’s a good deal!

And health experts agree, when dancing is used as a regular form of exercise it can help with weight loss and increased energy. Check out these tips for way to add shaking your groove thang to your workout plan. You’ll be fox trotting your way to a new svelte shape in no time!

*Try a few classes at the local YMCA, health club or community center. This will give you time to decide what type of dance you like best. Be sure to look for ones that suit your level.

*Don’t try to be a hero—you are not going to know every move in your first session. Be prepared to feel challenged and learn new steps. The point of trying something new should be working toward improving your well-being, not striving to be head of the class.

*Grab a friend. Many classes are structured with the couple in mind, like ballroom dancing. And if you don’t have a partner, try dancing solo. Most of these classes will pair you with someone, and it will give you an opportunity to meet new people.

*Don’t get too attached to one style of dancing. When you discover something you like and have spent time practicing it, consider learning a new form of dance. For example, a ballet class is going to have a much different effect on your body than an African dance class. Trying new classes means working different muscle groups, and that’s beneficial to any fitness plan.

We want to know: What’s your favorite way to get in shape and have fun too? [Los Angeles Times]

Posted: 6/26/08