When Angie Acosta, 31, was pregnant with daughter Dahlia, now 2, she wanted to make sure it was still OK to lead her dance-themed exercise classes.
“When I had this conversation with my doctor, I actually got up off the table and showed her some of the booty-shaking moves that we do in class just to make sure it would be safe to do them,” Acosta recalls.
“I listened to my body and modified when needed, but fortunately I was able to keep going strong with my dancing until the very week that Dahlia was born.”
Acosta founded Queen City DanceOut – formerly known as Queen City Dancing Queen – in 2008. Her fitness company brings Zumba and other dance-infused classes to independent gyms, recreation centers and dance studios throughout Mecklenburg, Gaston and Cabarrus counties. In January, she’ll launch weekly Zumba classes in Cornelius at the Havana Banquet & Ballroom (formerly The Palace), and at the Club at Westport in Denver. Find out more information at www.queencitydanceout.com, or call 704-999-4071.
Who should try it? “Everyone! All dance and fitness levels are welcome – as are both men and women. Dance-fitness is a great way to get in shape if you are beginner exerciser because it is fun and it doesn’t ‘feel’ like exerciseThere are 3-4 moves per song and they repeat throughout, so that by the end of the song everyone can do them.”
Here are five tips from Acosta on how women can regain their fitness after having a baby:
1. Find an exercise buddy. Make each other accountable for meeting up to work out and make a pact that you won’t let each other down no matter what.
2. Wear your baby! Not only is it great exercise – try squatting up and down all day with a little one attached – it is also a great way to bond with your baby.
3. Do something that you enjoy, whether it be dancing or walking or yoga or whatever. When you like what you are doing, you are much more likely to stick to it. If you can, try to find a way that you can incorporate your baby, so that you can exercise even when you don’t have child care.
4. Life is exercise – so treat it that way! If you feel that you have no time for exercise, redefine what you consider to be exercise. Research shows that when you put conscientious effort behind everyday tasks such as walking to and from your car, climbing stairs, cleaning the bathroom, bending down to pick up toys, etc. you burn more calories.
5. Exercise to music. Pop in some upbeat and lively music and you will take any workout from blah to BOOM!
More info: The Club at Westport: 2525 Shanklin Lane, Denver. Thursdays 6:30-7:30 p.m. Eight-week session Jan. 27-March 17. Free promo class on Jan. 20. Havana Banquet & Ballroom: 17105 Kenton Dr. # 102C, Cornelius. Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 pm. Eight-week session Jan. 28-March 18. Free promo class on Jan. 19.