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Why You Should be Doing Tai Chi

Published on November 21, 2013, by in Health.

Exercise is one of the few lifestyle changes that can dramatically improve health, particularly for older adults. Physical activity is generally safe for everyone and has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic disease and some cancers, as well as strengthen bones and muscles and improve mental health. Tai Chi, a Chinese martial art, has been widely studied as an effective form of aerobic activity with muscle strengthening benefits that teaches posture, movement and strength.  Check out my article on Healthline.com to learn what tai chi is, what the benefits are, and how to get started – it’s easier than you think!

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Creating Stability for Easier Single Leg Work

Published on November 21, 2013, by in Health.

I’ve had a ton of knee / foot problems in the past and single leg work is my greatest weakness. Coincidentally, my favorite lower body exercise happens to be the Single Leg RDL (reverse dead lift). Instead of pulling the weight from the floor in a traditional dead lift, you are lowering it from a standing position. On one leg… Anyway, you always want to chase after the feeling of the hamstring on your forward leg being pulled backwards as your hip hinges, and I’ve found that creating a little extra stability by placing just one finger on a wall next to me can help maintain better posture and balance. Stand far enough away from the wall so that you can still maintain a level plane across your hips and shoulders, and use the lightest pressure possible to hold your balance. This little tweak has definitely helped me suck a little less, so enjoy!

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Work Before Play

Published on November 21, 2013, by in Health.

Study sesh finished… Time to hit the gym, it’s about time these babies started growing.