Tag: Fitness

Travel active

Susan Dawson-Cook Many people tell me their workouts were going great until they took an extended trip and fell out of the habit of regular exercise. If you want to return from your next vacation without losing conditioning or packing on additional pounds, all you need to do is plan ahead for activity and take…

What is balance and why is it so important?

Balance is the ability to maintain control of a particular body position while performing a given task with minimal postural sway. This could be achieved simply by sitting at a table, standing on one leg or riding a bike. Good control reduces the energy required and minimizes fatigue. To perform efficient movements across a host…

New Tai Chi schedule

Carol Emerson We have made some changes to the Tai Chi class schedule which include moving all of the classes to HOA 1 and taking a bit of a vacation during the month of August. Also, starting in September, we are replacing the Thursday beginning class with one on Sunday to accommodate people who work.…

Last chance for summer fitness specials

This is your last chance to purchase SaddleBrooke HOA Two’s summer specials. The specials end August 31, though they do not expire for six months. The first special is only $400 for 10 one hour sessions or for 20 half hour sessions, a $50 savings! The second special is $400 for 8 one hour sessions…

Guide to summer hydration

HOA2 Fitness and Wellness Department The hot months are upon us! Why is being well hydrated so important? Gradual aging of the body is accompanied by several changes, both physical and physiological. For example, the decline in lean body mass is accompanied by a decrease over time in the percentage of water in the body.…

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 wellbeing Improved cardiovascular and respiratory function Improved sleep quality Increased happiness (really) Enhanced overall health Pain…

Water Tai Chi — It’s a workout!

A relaxing exercise that is a powerful strength and balance workout too? That’s what Water Tai Chi is. Drawing on the fundamentals of the ancient Chinese practice of Tai Chi, this water exercise adds support for the entire body while challenging every movement with resistance in an ever changing physical environment. The class was designed…

Not a wimp

Susan Dawson-Cook I encourage participants of my Stretch Plus class to utilize the bar along the wall when practicing balance if they feel unsafe doing the activities unsupported. A week ago, someone burst out with, “I’m not a wimp.” This comment wasn’t intended to be harmful, but it speaks to the approach many people take…

Now available In-Home personal training

Gwen Lewis Do you not want to go to the gym to work out? Would you like the convenience and privacy of working out in your own home? Do you have a hard time getting out of the house or in and out the car, yet still want to live independently in your home? Are…