|Round table discussion on wellness
|Janine thinking deep thoughts
|People of all ages made it
|A final exercise demonstration to round it out
This past Saturday, we had a party for our Women’s Exercise program to attract more women to our classes and to address a health topic that’s on the minds of most Ecuadorian women. The topic of this party was how to get rid of belly fat, which sounds ridiculous as I’m typing it out, but it’s a big concern to women here. However, we didn’t just want to focus on the exercise aspect of burning fat. We also wanted to stress the importance of having a healthy diet and a balanced lifestyle. So, we merged the party with our cooking and nutrition class in order to draw in people who were interested in both exercise and nutrition.
It ended up being a huge success! We had around 15 women there, and they were so attentive, some even taking notes, as we talked about exercising and eating healthy in order to decrease belly fat. Before the exercise talk, Madeleine and Janine led the cooking and nutrition talk, handing out a healthy smoothie recipe that we then made with the women. Then Heather talked about foods that are good to eat when trying to cut down on belly fat, Jenni led the discussion on the health risks of having belly fat, and I talked about exercises and lifestyle habits that help to reduce belly fat. After that, we showed them some exercises that target the belly area and did a zumba demonstration to give them a taste of what our exercise classes are like.
Because of the great turnout and enthusiastic responses to the party, we’re hoping to see an increase in attendance in women’s exercise classes!