As you know I like fitness and exercising that brings peace and balance to my life and helps me deal with any stress and pressures that life brings! Few months ago I started attending Zumba classes in Stafford which I am loving. After Zumba classes I feel very relaxed and full of energy, it really is a great way to combine not only getting back to shape, but also a great way to maintain a fit body and find your way to relaxation through energetic dance. As it seems to be quite a fitness trend at the moment I thought we should talk more about it on the blog today. I would like to share with you an interview with an incredible woman, Sarah Timms who delivers Zumba classes across Staffordshire, whose enthusiasm, positive attitude and passion intoxicates so many women. Now over to Sarah
1. Name: Sarah Timms
2. Where do you live?
3. Tell us a little bit about yourself (what do you do?)
I love to dance and deliver Zumba classes across Staffordshire. I also play the guitar, enjoy photography, classic and retro car shows, painting and reading.
4. What sparked your interest in health and wellness?
From a very early age I was interested in eating better to improve my health, skin and overall fitness. I worked in a major health club for around 5 years and took regular street dance classes.
5. What are the benefits of doing Zumba?
Zumba is a great full body work out, it is specifically good for calorie burning and body tone … But I think the biggest benefit is that it is a fun, feel good workout which lifts your mood. Zumba has become a way of life for me now and I have met so many great friends through it.
6. How did you build your passion for healthy living into a career?
I started taking street dance classes in my teens and regularly hit the gym/ classes. I then found Zumba on the timetable which was described as dance aerobics, i decided to give it a whirl and instantly fell in love. I then decided I wanted to become an instructor and share my love for the class.
7. Who inspires you?
I like to research a lot of different routines and dances on YouTube and read articles on Pinterest and Women’s Health magazines – I take inspiration from many!
8. What’s your favourite quote?
I have many favourite quotes, but I try to live by ‘If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got’
9. What is your biggest achievement so far?
Warming up the Race for Life event on stage back in 2013 was pretty cool but my biggest achievement is when people get in touch to tell me that my class has helped them through hard times and has been their escapism.
10. Have you always been into fitness or was it something you learnt to enjoy in recent years?
Always! From as long as I can remember! I still have scars from netball and rounders matches from primary school!
11. What’s a typical daily workout for you?
Double, sometimes triple Zumba! Not forgetting a good walk in the country at the weekend.
12. Where do you get the inspiration from to develop so many unique forms of exercise routines?
I subscribe to a bi-monthly Zumba membership, check out YouTube for inspiration around the globe and attend dance classes and conventions to gain inspiration.
13. What’s the one favourite piece of equipment you can’t live without?
14. What are your favourite ways to stay active?
Zumba (of course) dance, walking, yoga and cycling.
15.What’s your typical…
Breakfast: Weetabix with banana or chopped fruit
Lunch: tuna jacket potato with salad and pumpkin seeds
Dinner: homemade Thai curry with rice noodles
16.What’s your favourite dessert?
Gü Trillionaire cheesecake
17. What makes you happy?
Being surrounded by my best friends! Maybe dancing in a club or catching up over cocktails.
18. Describe your perfect day?
Exploring a new place I have never been to before, walking around and taking pictures followed by some scrummy lunch and a cocktail before heading back home to dive into a good film on the sofa
19. Do you have any favourite tips and tricks to stay healthy and happy every day?
I have a great tip for getting motivated when you may have lost your exercise mojo. Start small by just changing into your workout gear, maybe watch a little of your favourite sport or music channel once you’ve done this. If you still don’t feel like working out, just try 5-10 star jumps on the spot or run up and down the stairs before you change back. Your body will release endorphins making you want to do more. If you still don’t feel like working out, that’s fine, but just drive to your class/gym and say if I still don’t feel like it when I get there I can turn around and drive home. By the time you get there, you might decide you just want to try 5 minutes. Say to yourself you will just do a few minutes then drive home. You stay for 5 minutes and might decide by then that you actually want to stay longer which is great! You could even end up having one of your greatest workouts! It used to work for me