There are many ways to stay fit during the holiday season in Chula Vista. Some people are unaware of the amazing resources in our community, so here is a list of my top suggestions for “where” to train and “how” to ensure you make a promise to yourself regarding fitness and dance in 2012:
1. Community colleges offer amazing exercise classes with extremely knowledgeable teachers (who have degrees in their areas of expertise). Southwestern Community College offers dance classes from Ballet to Ballroom dance everyday of the week. You can also register for exercise classes such as Yoga and STEP Aerobics…and starting in January: African Zumba! Check out their website for enrollment dates and classes offered SOUTHWESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE
2. The YMCA offers family discounted classes and memberships. There are multiple locations and there is a YMCA in Chula Vista off of “H” Street.
3. Just like you would have an emergency first aid kit in your car, also prepare a workout bag for your car. Keeping a bag with a lock, towel, empty water bottle, workout gear and sneakers will keep you ready for that impromptu trip to the gym or studio.
4. Just like you might have your workout bag in your car, also have your yoga mat or dance shoes in your car. Now, you can take that yoga or dance class at the drop of a hat. For more tips like these, follow Chula Vista native and SWC professor, Lesa G. Williams, on Twitter!
5. Chula Vista is full of beautiful parks where you can walk or run for FREE!!! You can’t beat free. Rohr Park even has a workout station that you can use after you run your 3.5 miles around the park!
6. Neisha’s Dance and Music Academy offers dance and music training for the well-rounded child/teen. This academy is a wonderful example of quality training by amazing instructors. Check out their website: Neisha’s Dance and Music Academy.
7. The Plaza Bonita , Chula Vista and Otay Ranch malls: Walking around the malls is a wonderful workout for those needing low impact aerobics. Dont need low impact? Just speed up that walk and possibly wear ankle weights.
8. Organizing your life will make you feel in control and will also give you the ability to release any stress surrounding clutter. Recycle what you don’t need, donate items you no longer use to a charity and get ready for 2012!
9. Adults in Chula Vista: Step It Up Studios offers classes for the adult! Choose from Couples Salsa, Zumba, Pilates, Yoga, Cardio Kickboxing, Body Sculpting, Combo-Fit and Polynesian.
10. If you work outside of the Chula Vista area, it may be easier to take class and workout closer to your work to beat the traffic on your way home. Raised in Chula Vista and a dance, yoga, fitness professor at Southwestern College: Lesa G. Williams owns MIX (near SDSU). MIX is a co-ed, adult focused yoga, dance and fitness intimate studio. Check out the website for Studio Info and class registration (no memberships necessary) and “like” them on Facebook for special Facebook deals. Lesa’s background is in dance and along her journey she fell in love with yoga and fitness. Her specialty class The MIX Technique ® is a wonderful spin off of the ever-popular barre themed classes. It fuses ballet with Horton Modern, Yoga and Pilates. No dance experience necessary! Just the willingness to sweat and be sore!
Healthy holidays and a healthy new year!