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  • What is a Healthy Weight?

    • It's a lifestyle and not a diet!

    When it comes to weight loss, there's no lack of fad diets promising fast results. But such diets limit your nutritional intake, can be unhealthy, and tend to fail in the long run.

    The key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight isn't about short-term dietary changes. It's about a lifestyle that includes healthy eating, regular physical activity, and balancing the number of calories you consume with the number of calories your body uses.

    Staying in control of your weight contributes to good health now and as you age.  

Your BMI is a number calculated from your weight and height. It provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems
  • If your BMI is:
  • 25.0—29.9 You may be overweight   or
    30.0 and above
    you may be obese...

        • A healthy BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9
        • There are great benefits to losing even a moderate amount of weight! 
        • Your doctor and a fitness professional can advise you on the best weight loss and strength training plan for you!


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A kettlebell is a cast iron weight that looks like a cannonball with a handle. It is used to perform ballistic exercises that combine cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility training.

Unlike a traditional dumbbell, the kettlebell's center of mass is extended beyond the hand. This allows for a wide variety of ballistic and swinging movements. By their design, kettlebell exercises build strength and endurance, particularly in the lower back, legs, and shoulders --and, increase grip strength. The basic movements, such as the swing, the snatch, the clean and the jerk, engage the entire body at once.

If done properly, using kettlebells can be beneficial to your health* --and, it's a great workout!

*A word of caution: The movements used in kettlebell exercises can be harmful to those who have back or shoulder problems or a weak core. Therefore, before you use a kettlebell, it is advised that you seek a personal trainer with the proper training and certification to help you choose the correct kettlebell weight and help you with proper form and technique.


Zumba is a dance fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto "Beto" Perez during the 1990s.

Zumba involves dance and aerobic elements. Its choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo, martial arts, and some Bollywood and belly dance moves. Squats and lunges are also included. Approximately 14 million people take weekly Zumba classes in over 140,000 locations across more than 150 countries.

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