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5 Simple Ways to Create More Balance in Your Life

Submitted by on June 17, 2013 - 8:07 am

As busy professionals, entrepreneurs and super moms, we are all trying to enjoy our lives and live them on our own terms.  We want to be the best that we can with those that we interact but we can only do that if we are also good to ourselves.  Here are 5 simple ways to create more balance in your life, so that you can be the best version of yourself, for yourself and for others.

Release Some of Your Work Load – Allow yourself permission to outsource some of life’s tasks that either you don’t enjoy, or you just aren’t particularly good at.  (Let’s be honest here.  We are not all good at everything).  This could be work tasks, or even housekeeping, laundry, grocery shopping, etc.

Self-Assess – Take a look at where you spend your time and energy.  Make two lists.  On the first one write what you are good at and love doing.  On the second one write what you are not as good at or don’t enjoy doing.  Prioritize items on the first list, (don’t try to do them all at once), and delegate items on the second list to someone else to do.

Journal Daily – Writing down your thoughts first thing every morning is a great way to start your day.  This in not structured writing.  It’s just a stream of consciousness, (3 pages being the goal).  You might write your “to do” list or maybe you write a revelation that you had.  It doesn’t matter what you write.  The idea is to clear your head of the clutter and start your day fresh, energized and optimistic about what it holds.

Take a “Time Out” – No you haven’t been bad, but you may feel badly if you don’t take time out.  Give yourself a 5 minute “refresher” each day.  This can be as simple as lying on the floor, with your knees bent, feet on the floor and a cloth over your eyes, (to block out light and relax your eyes).  Take a few deep breaths and relax por cinco minutos.

Plan Fun – Schedule yourself back into your life.  Plan a date night, family time, friend time or a spa day.  Take an art class, ride a horse, do what moves YOU!  This will not only help you find balance in your life it’ll also fuel your creativity and give you more energy to share with others.

Here’s to having more life and less stress this year.

Loving Lorna Jane!

Submitted by on May 24, 2013 - 2:39 pm

Last Sunday I joined my pals at the Lorna Jane store in the Glendale Galleria mall, in Glendale, CA. I gave a quick talk about 10 Slimming and Energizing SuperFoods, my personal stylist Catherine Cassidy, of Ustyled, joined us, sharing her 3 tips to get out the fast and looking fabulous, we had tea from sponsor Teanzo 1856, healthy snacks, swag bags full of great gifts from other sponsors like Hint Water, Kind Natural Snacks, Sweaty Bands, Mad Gab’s Wildly Natural Body Care and more! We talked health & wellness and tried on the amazing workout apparel fashions of Lorna Jane. Thank you Lorna Jane for hosting our fun event! Missed it? No worries, Check out our Photos Here! 

8 Ways to Lose Those Chichos (Love handles)

Submitted by on May 22, 2013 - 3:17 pm

May has been an action-filled month. And I’m thrilled to have been quoted in Latina magazine, sharing my tips for losing your “chichos” (love handles). Check out my tips, and more, right here!

Get in Shape!

Submitted by on - 3:02 pm

I’m so excited to share my tips with you for getting into shape this summer, and honored to be featured in the premier issue of Hispanic Healthy & Beauty magazine. Also, stay tuned for my monthly column in the magazine, as well as weekly healthy lifestyle videos.

Click Here to see my Get In Shape interview!

Lorna Jane Special Event

Submitted by on May 1, 2013 - 5:47 am


Ok, my Los Angeles ladies. I hope to see you at my special Lorna Jane event, with my pal and personal stylist, Catherine Cassidy of U Styled.  I’ll reveal 10 Slimming and Energizing Superfoods, we’ll snack and chat. Catherine will style you and the first 15 to RSVP on the Lorna Jane Glendale FB page will get a goodie bag, filled with my FAVE prods (and an autographed Pilates DVD from me). WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? See you on May 19th @10:00AM!




Pilates & Cross Training

Submitted by on March 23, 2013 - 1:26 am

We’re about to start the new year, when everyone jumps on the bandwagon to shed the holiday pounds, and perhaps the additional weight that they put on earlier in the year. I’m all about people exercising, whatever their motivation. What worries me, however is how people jump into all kinds of extreme workouts without the required flexibility and core strength to do those types of exercise safely. That’s where Pilates comes in as the answer to building strength, flexibility and body awareness.  Because Pilates is “mind/body” exercise, (or as I prefer to refer to it, “conscious movement”), it really helps people become more “in tune” with their bodies. Being in tune with your body helps you know your limitations, strengths and weaknesses, when it comes to attempting any type of exercise, or endeavor.


I love Pilates, and I love cross training. My typical workout week includes studio cycling classes, Pilates mat & equipment workouts, ballet barre class and weight training. When I have the time I also like to throw in a Latin dance class. But what I like best of all is the body awareness that core strength that I have from my Pilates workouts that transcend to whatever workout I may do, on any given day. Not convinced? Add Pilates into your workout routine and see how it makes anything else you do better! Get started here!

Do you cross train, too? If so, let me know what workouts you enjoy doing.

Las Fabulosas “Look Fabulous at the Office”

Submitted by on March 21, 2013 - 8:02 pm

Hola! Have you seen my latest contribution to the Las Fabulosas blog yet? If you haven’t, you should head over there and take a look. Get a first hand look into my stylish tips for the office to keep you looking fabulosa all day, everyday!

There is no reason why you shouldn’t put on your best outfit, or add a feminine braid to your hair and show off your style. Looking fabulous leads to feeling fabulous. Check out my fashion advice on the Las Fabulosas blog here and let me know how you shake it up at work.

Last minute Valentine’s day gifts, (including me!)

Submitted by on February 14, 2013 - 4:05 pm

Give the gift of health & fitness (and Ana Caban) with a gift subscription, as featured on yesterday! Remember to use my EXCLUSIVE Insider promo code of ana6mo for the best deal!!!


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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Submitted by on - 3:53 pm

Happy Valentine’s Day! Just a quick video message for you. 


Click Here to watch! Wishing you a wonderful day.

Shape Magazine & MY New Year’s Resolution

Submitted by on January 3, 2013 - 8:34 pm

¡Próspero año nuevo! (Happy New Year!)

It’s 2013 and let’s get this year started with a BANG!

MY 2013 resolution/mission, you ask? Getting you into your BEST SHAPE EVER!

My plan? Offering you my newest full-length workouts WHEREVER YOU ARE!

As you know, I joined forces with so that you can work out with me from home or on the road using your phone, tablet, computer, or TV.  And, I’ll be adding new workouts almost every week to keep your body challenged and you motivated.  Oh, did I mention that there are eight other world-renowned trainers on the SpiroFIT team that you can train with?  You can train with MY trainer, Stephanie Vitorino, along with 7 other TOP trainers. Plus, as a loyal fan of mine, you can sign up with one of my promo codes for less than 50 cents a day!  Together, let’s make 2013 the healthiest year ever!

Join and see why it is included in one of the “13 Fitness Trends to watch for in 2013”, according to!

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10 Slimming Tips

Submitted by on December 29, 2012 - 10:23 pm

Holidays making you soft around the middle? Check out my 10 “Go to” Slimming Tips for the holidays, or anytime!

Tip #1

In order to stay motivated, set a realistic and measurable goal. In other words, map out how much weight you want to lose, or what size you would like to fit into, and most importantly by what date.

Tip #2

Eat a breakfast, daily. You wouldn’t drive your car on empty. Why run on empty yourself? A quick, tummy and healthy option is a slice of brown rice toast with sunflower butter, or raw unsalted almond butter.

Tip #3

Schedule your workouts. Make an appointment with YOU! You’re worth it! Come on, you can squeeze out 30 minutes from your day, to care for your body, mind & spirit. You probably spend more than that on FB. Hmm. Priorities, folks! Make a simple workout calendar. Who doesn’t like crossing off an accomplishment? Nothing wrong with cute little check boxes, either.

Tip #4

Love what you listen to. If finding fitness motivation is tough, check out your soundtrack. Does it inspire, or not? Check out my faves for cardio & Pilates Click Here.  

Tip #5

Hydrate, Baby! A super-simple way to slim down is to cut out the sugary (and nutrient deficient) drinks. Make water your friend. Not only will you fill-up your tummy, you’ll also jump start your digestion and improve your complexion. (All good things, in my book.)

Tip #6

Wrap it up, Baby! Just because you cooked it, doesn’t mean that you have to eat it all at once. Serve yourself and store the rest. Tomorrow is another day.

Tip #7

Eat all the time! (Well, not exactly). Eat every 3-4 hours, so that you’re never dragging & to avoid the junk food cravings that love to creep in around the 3 o’clock hour.


Have food, will travel. Make sure to pack healthy snacks when hitting the road, or the air. There is nothing healthy about packaged foods. You can do better than that!


Go ad-free! When watching the tube, tablet or phone, skip the commercials. High-cal food images actually stimulate the brain’s appetite control center. Yikes!


Floss and brush right after dinner, so that you’re not tempted to eat again. I mean, who wants to rinse and repeat that one?

Portion control, out of control?

Submitted by on October 28, 2012 - 11:33 pm

Portion control. The operative word here guys, is control. Everyone has their days of the occasional slipup but let’s be honest here. Oftentimes you overeat more than you should and more times a week than should be excused. The only way you should be eating as much as you do is if you’re running from dinosaurs whenever you leave the house. Since dinosaurs are extinct and you’re probably not an Olympic sprinter you NEED to stay on top of your portion sizes.

Most people aren’t really aware of what their portion sizes for each thing they’re putting on our plates should be so let’s talk about that. Food groups people! Make sure you’re paying attention to the three corners of your pyramids: protein, starch, and a vegetable should do it. Here’s a quick tip about protein size, it should be no bigger than the size and thickness of the palm of your hand.

Also, something that you might not realize is that while you’re eating, your body takes fifteen minutes to get a signal from your stomach to your brain and back again to let you know that you’re full! Eat slower and get some sleep; if you’re well rested, you eat fewer calories throughout the day. Overwhelmed about how to stay on target? I’ve found that can help portion out your meals the right way! Click Here to learn more and even have the chance to win it!!!

Shield Yourself From Colds and Flu With Interval Training

Submitted by on September 11, 2012 - 6:02 am

Interval training – short, high-energy bursts of exercise interspersed with lower-intensity exercise – is fun and has loads of benefits. In addition to adding variety to your workout it also gets your endorphins flowing more quickly, which leaves you feeling amazing for the rest of the day. You burn more calories. Climbing hills (and stairs) is easier. You have better endurance, which makes you stronger and faster in every other form of cardiovascular activity.

Interval training – due to its intense qualities – yields a heightened immune response. In fact, people who exercise regularly build-up their immune system by creating a “shield” against colds and flu.

Another great benefit of interval training (and exercise, in general) is that you get younger. Yes, really. The benefits of exercise are profound and impact all aspects of your life. You sleep better. You wake up more refreshed. Your skin glows. Your digestion improves. Your attitude throughout the day becomes consistently positive. You have more ideas. You’re more creative. Overall, you’re healthy and well and more fun to be around.
The best part is that you can have all of this in as little as 30 minutes a day!

For groovin’ Latin musical inspiration Click Here to gain FREE access to my Cardio Latino Interval Training mp3 Workout!

Cherry Blossoms, Sushi and Getting Clean

Submitted by on April 15, 2012 - 11:10 pm

I just returned from Tokyo and what an amazing trip it was! The Japanese are so polite and attentive. (I’ve never before experienced customer service like I did in Japan.) And Japan is super organized and clean. (I’ll talk more about getting clean in a minute.) My 3 classes at the Peak Pilates Japan Convention were sold out and I had a great time working with the participants. I also spent a day teaching private Pilates sessions to instructors at the Pilates Alliance studio, in Tokyo. What fun it was to teach such polished and dedicated instructors.

On my second day in Tokyo my hosts took me on a tour of the famous cherry blossoms, for “hanami”, viewing flowers. Cherry blossoms are indigenous to Japan and only bloom once a year, for a period of 7-10 days. I was lucky enough to be in Japan exactly when the blossoms were in the height of blooming. I walked under a canopy of cherry blossoms, along with my friends Yuki Kato and Zoey Trap (and thousands of other people). It was breathtaking!

On my day off I took a bus tour of Tokyo. I went up Tokyo Tower, visited the Meiji Shrine, toured the East Garden of the Imperial Palace and then spent the afternoon shopping in the Ginza district. OMG! Japanese department stores are to die for! Each designer, or brand, has its own storefront. We’re talking a distinct storefront and unique design for each, and every, brand. It’s like walking into a whole new store, every 20 feet.

I enjoyed the best sushi of my life, as well as delicious Korean food. And my hotel, the Shinagawa Prince, was so interesting. It had a bowling alley, movie theaters and an aquarium, (all inside of the hotel)! Again, I’ve never seen anything like it, (and I’ve been a lot of places). Don’t even get me started on the toilets. They’re so cool and futuristic that I could go on, and on about them.

Overall, my quick trip to Japan was fantastic! I loved every moment and hope to return again soon. But in the meantime, it’s time to clean up my act. Feel free to join me, on the Clean program, if you’re finding that you:


  • have more headaches than usual
  • have allergies or hay fever
  • get bloated after eating
  • get heartburn
  • have dark circles under your eyes
  • tend to get colds or viruses each year
  • get cravings for certain types of foods, especially sugary or starchy foods
  • get pain or stiffness in joints or muscles
  • have bowel movements less frequently than after every meal
  • get congested or mucousy


The list goes on. If you’re ready to experience optimum health check out the Clean Program, and join me in detoxing and rebooting your system.  In preparation for the Clean Program, today I started the “Elimination Diet” portion of the program. Click Here to learn more about the Clean Program and Click Here to purchase the New York Times Best Seller Clean by Dr. Alejandro Junger (Board certified in internal medicine and cardiology, as knowledgeable in Eastern medicine).

I’m excited to get “clean” and would love your support. I’ll post my progress on FaceBook. Domo arigato.

“Done properly, compliments on your glowing skin and svelte figure are just the frosting on the cake; your body’s natural healing abilities will be restored, insulin levels regulated, and your liver detoxified.” 

Vernal Equinox Party!

Submitted by on March 9, 2012 - 4:20 pm

Join me for a celebration of the vernal equinox (equinox mean “equal night”), marking the day (one of 2 per year) when the length of day matches length of night. On March 20, 2012, at precisely 1:14 A.M. EDT (March 20, 05:14 Universal Time), the Sun will cross directly over the Earth’s equator. This moment is known as the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere.

In celebration of the vernal equinox the Iconic Equinox Sports Club West LA will be hosting an amazing Vernal Equinox party on

Tuesday, March 20th from 6:00-9:00PM

1835 S. Sepulveda Blvd

Los Angeles, CA  90025


Join me for special fitness classes, performances (including my own), music, drinks and more..

RSVP  at ana.caban (at)


Día 5 of 30 in 30 Challenge

Submitted by on July 16, 2011 - 2:11 pm

Ok, so día 5 of my 30 in 30 Challenge was a busy one.  My son woke up sick, so I didn’t get my usual morning workout in.  Instead, after a doctor’s appointment and a run to the pharmacy I was able to (kind of) do the Crunch Cardio Salsa workout DVD.  I say “kind of” because as I danced around my son tried to walk through my legs, (he’s obsessed with “tunnels” these days).  Anyway, I certainly did move my body.

How about you?  How is the Challenge going for you and what did YOU do today to move your body and inspire others to do so?

Click Here to check out the crunch Cardio Salsa Workout DVD.

Día 4 of 30 in 30 Challenge

Submitted by on July 14, 2011 - 9:45 pm

Ok, so I am officially “stoaked” that so many of you have joined me on my 30 in 30 Challenge.  I ran into my colleague Dara Blaine this morning, who has been working out consistently, too.  Not to mention the folks interacting with me on FaceBook.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that my fans across the US and THE WORLD are doing the Challenge, too!  This morning I squeezed in a strong 30-minute Pilates mat workout.  I didn’t have more time than that, between clients, but I may do a little something more later today.

Click Here to see my Day 4 video.

Can’t figure out what to do today?  Here are some ideas:

So now what will YOU do to move your body today?  Share below!

Día 3 of 30 in 30 Challenge ~ “Getting Melted”

Submitted by on - 4:15 am

So, today is día 3 of my 30 in 30 Challenge.  I feel great and I see that I have inspired TONS of you folks to join me.  That makes me so happy!  I love seeing your comments on FB, Twitter and my YouTube channel.  Gracias!

Tonight I headed to Hollywood, to “get melted”.  Curious?  Check out my video, LIVE from Hollywood, CA!

Click Here to watch!

The Reigning Workout Wednesday Queen

Submitted by on July 13, 2011 - 9:45 pm

Ok, so I may not exactly be Kate Middleton, but I was just named Workout Wednesday QUEEN on the Fat Girl Escapades blog, for which I am truly honored.  Apparently, I have inspired blogger Cynthia Martinez to get her fluffiness into shape.  Not only is she trimming the fat with my Quick Start Pilates for Weight Loss DVD, she has joined me for my “30 in 30” Challenge and is also spreading the love through her blog.

Click Here for guaranteed (uncensored) entertainment.  Who knows, you might even learn something!

Let’s All Exercise!

Submitted by on - 12:00 pm

Here’s a special message for you from our friends over at Sesame Street…

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