Tag: Fitness

Train and live for good posture

Susan Dawson-Cook Improving and maintaining optimal posture takes effort. When your body feels tired, gravity can quickly drag you into a slouch. Eventually, poor posture can become chronic. You can improve balance by changing your workouts and becoming more mindful about posture throughout your day. People with optimal posture have a balance of muscle tissues…

Tai Chi student promotions

Carol Emerson Ken and I are happy to announce the recent promotions of eight of our students! They have all worked extremely hard and we are very proud of their accomplishments. Pictured left to right: Carol Emerson Shifu, purple belt Lynda Green, white belt Larry Fahrney, purple belt Joyce Schneider, white belts Patrice Passer, Marsha…

Maintain motivation

Susan Dawson-Cook March is a big month for New Year’s resolution dropouts. The gym overflows with new exercise enthusiasts January and February and then all at once, it’s back to only the regulars who have been exercising for years. If you want to avoid becoming another one of the disappearing exercisers, here are a few…

Benefits and misconceptions of Tai Chi

Carol Emerson The ancient practice of Tai Chi is growing in popularity. More and more I see Tai Chi classes offered at gyms, park departments and even yoga studios! Why is that? The fact is study after study has shown that a consistent Tai Chi practice makes us healthier, stronger and more well-balanced (physically and…

Time to practice Tai Chi

Carol Emerson Tai Chi is an ancient system of exercise that originated in the Taoist temples of China over 2000 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…

Moving forward with resolutions

Susan Dawson-Cook, M.S. Making a commitment or a New Year’s resolution can be exciting. You envision the personal growth and positive change and it brings a smile to your face at least at first. Then comes the moment of truth when it’s time to put words into action. Many people kicked off the New Year…

Regina Pang promoted to Green Belt

Carol Emerson I am very pleased to announce that SaddleBrooke resident Regina Pang has been awarded the rank of Green Belt in the Ching Yi Kung Fu Tucson martial arts system (part of the Ching Yi Kung Fu Association, an international martial arts group). Regina has studied with me for over six years and has…

Happy New Rear! Join the classes

Ann Hamm On the first day of this month many of us resolved with great courage of conviction to exercise more and stick to a workout plan, making New Year, New Rear our fitness mantra and feeling more empowered than ever to get to work and pull it off; however, studies show that within six…

8 practice tips to stay fit at Christmas

Christmas is approaching fast and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is…

Time out for me

Susan Dawson-Cook People who have never exercised regularly tend to continue the inactivity habit even after retirement. The suggestion that there are not enough hours in the day to fit in a workout wasn’t a valid excuse when you were employed and certainly isn’t now. Don’t allow this false belief obstruct your path to a…