Tag: Fitness

Tai Chi news

Carol Emerson Tai Chi is an ancient system of exercise that originated in the Taoist temples of China over 2,000 years ago. The monks of the temples developed Tai Chi as a way to keep themselves physically fit while spending many hours in meditation and also as a means (they hoped) to obtain longevity, even…

Annual Walkathon

Heading to breakfast

Nan Nasser As we move into our 20th year of supporting kids, SaddleBrooke Community Outreach (SBCO) will host its 20th Walkathon on Saturday, October 29. Vital Moves will have warm-up exercises at 7:30 a.m. and walkers, led by the Grand Marshals Pat and Ron Andrea, will head out at 8:00 a.m. for the standard walk…

Tai Chi – the perfect exercise as we age

A Tai Chi class

Tai Chi, which has grown in popularity throughout the world, is typified by slow, deliberate, repetitive movements and is based on co-ordination and relaxation rather than muscular tension. It is believed that focusing the mind solely on the movements helps to bring about a state of mental calm and clarity. In recent years many studies…

What is better for your body? Land or water aerobics?

Helga Stone, left, being given special instructions before class by instructor Cathy Lair; photo by Steve Weiss

Steve Weiss While similar to land aerobics in that it focuses on cardiac training, water aerobics adds the component of weight training in the form of water resistance and buoyancy. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2008), most land-based aerobic exercisers don’t incorporate strength training into their schedules and therefore adding…

Do you have physical challenges? Get fit with Joe!

Joe Pinella

Marlene Diskin Living at SBR we’re so lucky to have easy access to a variety of affordable fitness classes. As we’re aging, many of us are encountering some physical challenges and looking for ways in which to live happily and healthfully and combat the changes we’re experiencing. So if you’re thinking about the best way…

A workout that works for you

The Zumba Gold class

Cheryl Ludeman If you are looking for a modified Zumba® class that recreates the original moves you love at a lower-intensity, Zumba Gold is the class for you and now you can join one of those classes at SaddleBrooke Ranch. Residents are rocking to the beat with one-hour Zumba Gold and 45-minute Zumba Gold Toning…

Is Tai Chi for me?

You probably have heard all the raves about how great Tai Chi can be for our health and well-being, but you may not be sure it would really suit your personality, physical abilities or interests. Here are some guidelines to help you decide. Tai Chi might be for you: 1. If you want to work…

Yoga as a lifestyle and state of mind

By Bridget Bonner, Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) There are many ways to describe yoga and its meaning. When practitioners are asked what their own definition is, each would have a different answer, and surprisingly each would be correct. Following are some of my own personal views, which I should mention actually grow and morph…

How Tai Chi builds health and vitality

Carol Emerson Studies have shown that there are many health benefits from practicing Tai Chi. These may include: Improved functional balance and physical performance Reduced frequency of falls and risk of falling Lowered blood pressure Improved mental and physical well-being Improved cardiovascular and respiratory function Improved sleep quality Increased happiness (really) Enhanced overall health Pain…