Atomic Allure

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Fitness got fun again! Atomic Allure opened its doors to the downtown Oakland community just last year and has attracted contemporary, professional stylistas from all over the Bay Area! With several years of dance experience under their belt, the instructors lead dynamic classes that will get your body right and tight, all while having a good time! This after-work fitness group is flirty just how you like it lovelies.

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A nervous excitement filled my body as I walked into the dance studio. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but dancing let alone pole dancing was way out of my league. I’ve secretly wanted to try it for quite some time now but have always been afraid of busting my bum, a fear that is actually grounded in reality. But, I joined a group of ladies for Go Go Girl dance and was subsequently talked into staying for the intermediate level pole tricks class. “Here we go,” I thought.

The latest dance music was blaring from the speakers to set the mood and get us pumped for our workout. Lined up throughout the studio facing mirrors and standing near our poles, we began to stretch. After the warm up, the instructor led us through a series of dance steps 1-2 -3 -4-5-6-7-8 as each song played. It was quite fun as we swayed our hips to the beat. When the song stopped we moved onto another step or took a quick water break as the next song kept our spirits up. Don’t worry Lovelies, if you’re like me and rhythm challenged the point is to keep moving your body and having a good time – no judgment. This class had a few minutes of sauntering around the pole to the rhythmic music but the following class took it to the next level!

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The next hour was all about the pole! We started off learning the climb – just making it to the top was enough for me! Throughout the course each trick built on the other – sitting sexy, the twirl, and much more! By the end we learned enough tricks to “freestyle” and this is where you let your sensual side come out. The mirror’s in front of you and your girls to your left and right making you feel pumped, ready to put on a one-woman show! Did I mention the gritty music – giving you an adrenaline rush that helps you perform. It also thwarts some of the pain you have in your arms, legs, and thighs – yes it’s not all pretty Lovelies but it’s worth it.

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Sounds like fun? Atomic Allure offers multiple classes such as Belly Dancing, Pole Tease, and Core Strength. New to this form of fitness or perhaps you’re experienced?  There are varying levels of classes to fit each ladies needs. If you stay committed, these fresh, fun, and flirty workouts sculpt your body to perfection.

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Pole Parties are perfect for birthday and bachelorette celebrations! Even more excited is Femme Fatale the performance group, where women really learn the art of seduction. By the end of the class you perform in a public setting – the ultimate rush. Gentleman you may want to give your ladies this fitness present – and if you treat her right she just might give you a little gift too 😉

Top 3 Reasons to Exercise!

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The contemporary, professional stylista is busy  with a sometimes stressful and energy consuming life! For some of us exercising can be found at the bottom of our “to-do-list,” but what if I told you that the key to a happier, stress-free, energized life could be found in a brisk walk around your neighborhood, a sprint on the track field, or a steady trot on the treadmill?

Check out of Top 3 reasons to exercise:

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1. Energy: Everything we do, from running errands to studying for finals, playing with children or simply doing your job requires energy. Often times late night and early mornings leave us exhausted – overworked or partied-out!  While more sleep would get the job done and restore what was lost, exercising is a great option! Published in the Psychological Bulletin researchers preformed a study where they analyzed 70 studies on exercise and fatigue. “More than 90% of the studies showed the same thing: “Sedentary people who completed a regular exercise program reported improved fatigue compared to groups that did not exercise.”

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2. Reduces Stress: For the average woman life is busy, even complicated. There is never enough time in a day and there is always more to be done. Now that we know exercising can give us a little extra pep in our step, here are two ways how exercise can reduce stress courtesy of the Mayo Clinic:

  • Exercise can increase the production of endorphins, these are your brains “fell-good” neurotransmitters.
  • Exercise can lead to “meditation in motion.” The high level of concentration applied to your bodies movement during a game of basketball or laps around the pool lead to energy and optimism which can help you remain clear and calm in everything you do.

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3. Happiness: Overall exercise has a positive affect on wellbeing – reducing anxiety and depression, improving mobility, promoting high self-esteem and more!

So why not exercise, right! You don’t want to mess up your hair? You don’t have time? Forget all of your excuses and think about your health and peace of mind. Exercising is the way to go #Lovelies!

Fresh Fruit Infused Water

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“Would you like lemon with that?” How many times have you been to a restaurant where a glass of water was served with lemon. If you’re like me you probably answered, “No thanks.” However, I was curious, so I did some investigation of my own – and of course fresh fruit infused water has some health benefits! I decided to make a glass of my own and loved  it!

It’s simple:

Step 1: Cut up fruit or vegetable (s) of your choice and place it in the pitcher

Step 2: Fill the pitcher with water (Optional: add ice)

Step 3: Let it chill in the refridgerator for at least two hours

Here are our top 4 fresh fruit and vegetable infused water. Drink happy lovelies!

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Watermelon: Vitamin A which is important for optimal eye health and boosts immunity by enhancing the infection-fighting actions of white blood cells called lymphocytes. Vitamin B6 helps the immune system produce antibodies. Antibodies are needed to fight many diseases. Vitamin C help to bolster the immune system’s defenses against infections and viruses and can protect a body. Helps the body flush out toxins because it contains the organic compound citrulline, which is an amino acid that has been shown to help the liver and kidneys filter and get rid of ammonia. It may also just give the liver an overall boost.

Cucumber: Helps the body flush out toxins because it contains the organic compound citrulline, which is an amino acid that has been shown to help the liver and kidneys filter and get rid of ammonia. Keeps the body hydrated and rich in Vitamin A, B1, B6, C & D, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium.

Mint leaves: Can help you digest more effectively, improving the flow of bile from the liver, to the gallbladder, to the small intestine, where it breaks down dietary fats.  Helps relax cramped up stomach muscles. Eliminate toxins, bacteria, and fungus from the body.

Lemon: Helps stimulate and regulate the digestive track which allows it to flow more freely and is helpful with constipation, heartburn and gas. Contains antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting powers and their use as a weight loss aid because lemon juice is a digestive aid and liver cleanser. Promote immunity and fight infection through citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, pectin, and limonene.

Other Sources: [Love to Know] [Wiki]

Managing Your Anger

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Some of us may have we grown up thinking that anger is a bad thing– we were told to stifle our anger and to hide it. On the opposite end, some of us express our anger every time we feel it, sometimes with lasting negative consequences. Despite its expression, anger itself is adaptive. It lets us know when something is not right and provides an opportunity for us to correct the issue. The problem is not being angry, it is what we do with that anger.
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Anger becomes a problem when it is not properly dealt with. I like to think of anger expression on a spectrum– from explosive to repressive. You will note that both ends of the spectrum can be destructive. When you are explosive you react to your anger in exaggerated ways. Your anger response is so overly excited that you are easily triggered and which can lead to numerous verbal and physical altercations.
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On the opposite end, having an inhibited anger response may mean that you try to repress your anger and avoid expressing it. When something angers you, you tend keep it in. The problem is that you can never truly keep emotions locked in. It festers and eats away at you– it might build up so much that one day the slightest transgression can lead you explode to in rage.
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The key to anger is acknowledging it and expressing it appropriately. You must first note that you are angry and accept the feeling. Think about what has angered you and decide an appropriate course of action. People who have anger problems tend to respond the same way. Since different situations anger you– your response should be in accordance to that situation. Once you have decided and carried out the course of action to remedy the problem, always reflect and evaluate what has happened. What was your response? Did the outcome match what you expected? Are you still angry?  What, if anything, could have been done differently?

Fun Fitness

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Let’s take a trip down memory lane. Remember when you were a child and you played outside ALL day. Back then you did not have to worry much about staying in shape because play was fun and kept you fit! Fast forward some years and many of us contemporary professional stylistas have a gym membership to maintain our health and figure. What if we infused some of our childhood play into our current exercise routine– what fun that would be!

Check out our top 5 childhood play that can now be fun fitness routines!

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Bike Riding: We may have started out with training wheels but eventually we mastered the trick of riding on only two wheels– the joys of cruising around our neighborhood with our hair blowing in the wind. Recreate that by purchasing or renting an adult bike to take a ride around the neighborhood, on a local bike trail, or at the park. Not only can it be fun and fit, but it is also a great way to see neat sites! If you really want to kill two birds in one stone attach a basket to it and run small errands to your local pharmacy or bank.

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Swimming: This was by far my favorite! On a warm day, the pool is the perfect recreational fun– but don’t just sit poolside lovelies, get in the water! Swimming is one of the best means of exercises because it works so many of your muscles– not to mention it’s a lot of fun. I know some of us lovelies worry about our hair— when you’re approaching a hair appointment, that would be the perfect time to take a dip!

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Skating: The four wheel skates were fun but you were definitely cool if you could ride on rollerblades. Buy a pare of your own if you dare and roller blade around your neighborhood. If you aren’t that daring head to your local skating ring for an active outing– even better, ice skating!

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Jump Rope: Jumping rope was so much fun as a kid, especially double dutch! I can hear the sound of each rope hitting the floor as you rocked back and forth, deciding when you should jump in. If you have kids in your life play take sometime to jump with them! If you’re a big kid like me, when you and your girls are having a girls night in, grab the extension cords and head outside for some childood jump-rope. It will definitely be invigorating!

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Running: Nothing can replace a good run– but make it fun. Get out of the gym and head to a local track, field, or trail. If you have interested friends– or better yet, children, cousins, nieces, or nephews, take a run with them! Racing is always fun and motivating. If you have no one to race against you can compete against your self. Time yourself as you run a particular distance and work to beat that time!

 

An active lifestyle is one of the important ways of living well. Incorporate some of these fun activities into your daily routine or just use them to switch up your workout from time to time. Either way they can all be summed up as “Fun Fitness!”

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