Do Anywhere Resistance Band Fitness w/Juliet

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So much to do but so little time, how do we fit exercising in our daily routine?  I have two words for you: resistance bands.  They are lightweight and portable, take up very little space and are safe and easy to use anywhere, whether it’s at the office, home, or while we travel.

At this year’s Expo, we will have Juliet Gould teaching us various exercises that we can do with resistance bands, anytime, anywhere. She has been in the health and fitness industry for the better part of a decade and uses her unique experiences with diverse clients as a basis for her individualized, holistic approach. She has experience working with clients having conditions ranging from arthritis to neuromuscular disorders. She holds certification through the American and Aerobics Fitness Association of America in Group Exercise Instruction and Personal Fitness Training. As the sole proprietor of Fitness by Jules Personal Training & Wellness Coaching, she provides in home individualized health and fitness programs. Find her online at fitnessbyjules.com.

There are no excuses anymore, exercise is important and after participating in Juliet’s demo we’ll have useful knowledge that we can start using right away. Come to the expo, I promise you’ll have a great time.

 

Women’s Health & Fitness Expo.

T’ai Chi for Health

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Tai chi helps reduce stress and anxiety. And it also helps increase flexibility and balance.

 

If you’re looking for a way to reduce stress, consider tai chi (TIE-CHEE). Originally developed for self-defense, tai chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that’s now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements.

Often shortened to t’ai chitaiji or tai chi in English usage, T’ai chi ch’uan or tàijíquán is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits.  The Chinese say that “whoever practices T’ai-chi, correctly and regularly, twice a day over a period of time, will gain the pliability of a child, the health of a lumberjack, and the peace of mind of the sage.”

 

There are five major styles of t’ai chi ch’uan, each named after the Chinese family from which it originated:

  • Chen-style(陳氏) of Chen Wangting (1580–1660)
  • Yang-style(楊氏) of Yang Lu-ch’an (1799–1872)
  • Wu- or Wu (Hao)-style(武氏) of Wu Yu-hsiang (1812–1880)
  • Wu-style(吳氏) of Wu Ch’uan-yu (1834–1902) and his son Wu Chien-ch’uan (1870–1942)
  • Sun-style(孫氏) of Sun Lu-t’ang (1861–1932)

Each style may have its own subtle emphasis on various tai chi principles and methods. There are also variations within each style. Some may focus on health maintenance, while others focus on the martial arts aspect of tai chi.

 

In Tai-Chi the focus is to relax our mind, our body and being, bringing an awakening presence and aliveness to every cell.  It is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels.  Using awareness, we mobilize the energy or “Chi” to move the body through the numerous postures that make up the Tai-Chi form. It is like the rhythmic flowing of the ocean.  Because tai chi is low impact, it may be especially suitable for older adults who otherwise may not exercise.

When learned correctly and performed regularly, tai chi can be a positive part of an overall approach to improving your health. The benefits of tai chi include:

  • Decreased stress and anxiety
  • Increased aerobic capacity
  • Increased energy and stamina
  • Increased flexibility, balance and agility
  • Increased muscle strength and definition

Some evidence indicates that tai chi also may help:

  • Enhance quality of sleep
  • Enhance the immune system
  • Lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure
  • Improve joint pain
  • Improve symptoms of congestive heart failure
  • Improve overall well-being in older adults
  • Reduce risk of falls in older adults

 

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How to get started doing Tai Chi you may ask?  At this year’s expo Movement Arts Professional Celeste Graves will be doing a demo based on the international Tai Chi for Health programs of Dr. Paul Lam.  This presentation will include, Tai Chi for Fall Prevention; Tai Chi for Energy, and the advanced 73 Sun Style Tai Chi form.  Come to the expo and learn this great fitness method that’s been around for thousands of years and see how it will improve your quality of life.

 
References
Lee, M., & Ernst, E. (2011). Systematic reviews of t’ai chi: An overview. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 46.

Tai chi: A gentle way to fight stress. (n.d.). Retrieved from Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/stress-management/in-depth/tai-chi/art-20045184?pg=1

Wile, D. (2007). Taijiquan and Taoism from Religion to Martial Art and Martial Art to Religion. Journal of Asian Martial Arts , 16.