I’m hungry in the beginning of the day and early afternoon. That’s when I take on the calories, the proteins and the complex carbohydrates. But when I eat upside down like this, I’m not hungry at the traditional dinnertime. In the evening, small snacks of yogurt, a little cottage cheese or even salt-free pretzels are enough. Read the rest of this entry »
Only the tape measure cheers me up this week. I’ve lost another inch around my hips, waist and chest.
Well, the exercise plan is just a bit too ambitious. Pushups from my knees to about 4 inches off the ground have proven very difficult to start. Read the rest of this entry »
A ‘warming up’ routine is needed before engaging in Tai Chi practice perhaps even more so then other ‘body-work’ routines. The body seems to need to slowly engage the Chi before the energy moves through it in a directed way. I do two things: (1) a routine that works every major joint in my body, and (2) a little stretching via Yoga. The ‘joint’ routine goes something like this: Read the rest of this entry »
Tai Chi is unique. The benefits of this training are also unique. Here’s some background.
I’m sure any health and fitness trainer could enthusiastically expound upon the benefits of techniques or routines he or she teaches. While those routines have particular strengths in the area for which they were created, few are as all encompassing as Tai Chi. Read the rest of this entry »
In almost every town in Canada, regardless of how small, stands a rink were millions take to the ice weekly. In western Canada, their long curved roofs have become a symbol of small-town values. Hockey? You ask? No. It is the game of curling and it is coming to a Winter Olympics near you. Read the rest of this entry »
There once was a time when no one could accuse a fitness facility’s management of too much smart talk. But times have changed for many clubs: Owners update their knowledge in seminars. Senior managers have university degrees. Staff needs certification. We want respect for our expertise from the business and medical communities. Sophistication abounds. Read the rest of this entry »
The in-line skating industry has come a long way since 1984 when there were only 20,000 skaters in the U.S. According to American Sports Data Inc., in-line skating is the nation’s fastest growing recreational sport (with step and mountain biking coming in second and third). It is projected there will be more than 10 million skaters by the end of this year. In fact, the in-line market is the single most successful product launch in the sporting goods industry’s history. The diverse uses of skates — from casual cruising with friends and family, to racing, sport-specific training and hockey — contributes to this industry’s record-breaking growth. Read the rest of this entry »
I want to be in the program because I am stuck. Over the last year I have gone from 290 pounds to 185 pounds and really want to get down to 160 pounds. I look and feel much better but these last 25 pounds just will not go away no matter how hard I work. I also have a lot of excess skin from when I was heavy. Read the rest of this entry »
Gymnastics requires flexibility, strength and power. Most gymnasts know the importance of hamstring, hip, back and shoulder flexibility. The following strengthening exercises will help improve the gymnast’s performance and help minimize the risk for injury. Since the gymnast may not have access to a weight room, these exercises can be done without weight equipment. Read the rest of this entry »
Well, you can see from my exercise chart that I wasn’t too active in the way you expect. I kept in mind that I ought to do something, and Tae Bo was the best choice for intense movement for the least time. Read the rest of this entry »