Jenna_Zumba_2019I’ve started taking a Zumba class weekly and it reminded me of the benefits of dancing that I wanted to share with all of you.

Dancing Is Fun!

Most people don’t exercise because it’s such a chore but with dancing, you’re often having so much fun that you forget that you’re actually exercising!

Dancing Is Great For Weight Loss And Toning Muscles

It’s true that the best workout program is the one you enjoy enough to do regularly enough to experience great results! If you hate running, you’ll never do it and that won’t get you anywhere. But if you love to dance and you do it consistently, you will definitely lose weight and tone up! Dancing can easily burn up to 600 calories in an hour and works your entire body.

Shaking Your Booty Makes You Laugh!

Laughter is good for the soul and evokes happy-go-lucky endorphins and positive feelings throughout the body! So when you’re going right and the instructor is going left and nothing you’re doing looks like how she’s doing it, have a good laugh and know it’s doing wonders for your health!

Dance Is An Escape from Daily Stresses

When you’re dancing, you have to concentrate on the choreography which allows you to forget about anything negative and escape the daily grind. Dance is a type of movement that forces you to focus and truly be in the moment. If your mind starts wandering, you’ll miss a step therefore promoting a complete opportunity to disengage from everything except the pure joy of dance.

Dance Promotes Brain Health

During dance, you have to think and concentrate and that promotes cognitive function and stimulates the brain. Recent literature suggest that this type of movement can have positive benefits to dementia and Alzheimers.

Dance Promotes Heart Health

Dance is aerobic exercise and definitely challenges and raises your heart rate providing fabulous cardiovascular benefits.

Dance Improves Functional Fitness And Coordination

Trying to keep up with all the dance movements will improve your kinesthetic awareness, balance and coordination. Improving your body awareness will decrease your risk for falling and improve your ability to perform daily tasks.

Dance Is Low Impact

Most of the movements are low to mid impact and/or can be easily modified therefore providing exercise without a lot of impact on joints.

As the saying goes “Shake what your Mama gave ya!” If you’d like to join our weekly dance class in downtown Vancouver, call 360.574.7292

Yours in health & fitness,
Sherri McMillan

Note: As an avid Columbian reader, you can redeem a 2 week pass at her world-class training studio to help get you started. Contact 360.574.7292 for more details.

Couve Run 2017

Join us for the COUVE CLOVER RUN – 3, 7 & 10 MILES on March 24th, 2019 in downtown Vancouver, WA. Celebrate St. Patrick’s day with us at the 5th Annual Couve Clover Run. Wear your festive green while running or walking 3, 7 or 10 miles along an extremely fast and scenic course to support local charities! We will make you earn your post-event party, but it will be off the charts hosted by Main Event and other downtown Vancouver Pubs & Breweries.




Sherri McMillan

Sherri McMillan

Sherri McMillan, holds a master's degree in exercise physiology and has been inspiring the world to adopt a fitness lifestyle for more than 33 years. She has received numerous industry awards including 2010 CanFitPro International Presenter of the Year, 2006 IDEA Fitness Director of the Year, 1998 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, 1998 CanFitPro Fitness Presenter of the Year and 2005/2006 ACE Fitness Educator of the Year - Runner up. She is a fitness trainer, fitness columnist for various magazines and newspapers, author of five books and manuals including "Go For Fit - the Winning Way to Fat Loss" and "Fit over Forty" and the featured presenter in various fitness DVDs. She has presented hundreds of workshops to thousands of fitness leaders throughout Canada, Australia, Mexico, Jamaica, New Zealand, Germany, England, Spain, South America, Asia and the U.S. She is the owner of Northwest Personal Training in downtown Vancouver, the founder of WHY Racing Events & WHY Community, participates in various community fundraisers and can be found running, biking, or hiking around the community. Find more information at

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