A strong core is essential to well rounded fitness and decreased overall pain cause my muscle imbalances. Focusing on all the core components; shoulder stability, trunk stability, hip stability; including glute control and strength, balance and muscle control through movement.
To keep the class fresh and interesting we use a variety of techniques and equipment such as stability balls, BOSU balls, foam rollers, balance boards, etc. Including all components of fitness from cardiovascular endurance to more traditional strength training exercises to flexibility and range of motion work tone your entire body while building functional strength. This class is appropriate for for all levels of fitness.
Just writing a little entry to say to all of our members that I am very excited to meet all of you and be a part of the team!
To get us started I am going to share a health tip of the day:
Did you know we are made of 70% water and hte daily recommened water intake is 8 glasses of water every day. Are you getting enough?
Also did you now that thoughts influence how water molecules interact with each other… positive thoughts lead to beautiful formations. Masaru Emoto takes picture of this phenomena. Check it out here. For more information on Masaru Emoto’s work click here.
In a recent study at the University of Derby, depressed patients given salsa dancing lessons improved their moods significantly by the end of the nine week hip swiveling therapy. Researchers site the endorphin boots of exercise, plus the social interaction and concentration that dancing requires, and the increase self-confidence from learning a new skill as components to dancing’s benefits.
The physically expressive nature of dance also helps people release and thereby recognize pent-up feelings, the first step in dealing with them. Excerpt from Psychology Today August 2010 pg. 42
Regardless of your reason to dance our Saturday class is not only fun and a great way to learn some new moves, but a great cardio workout.
This is a progressive class as each builds on another in choreography. Registration is required.
Exciting new research has been release regarding aging and muscle growth. IT used to be believed that after a certain age 79 plus that it was very difficult to build new muscle in fact virtually impossible. It is now known that it is not the fact; in reality and elderly individual following the same training program as a twenty year old will make the same muscular gains, thought they will take longer to adapt. What makes this research exciting is that it proves it is never too late to become active and start weight training. You will derive benefits whether you do it preventatively in your youth, start in middle age, or even as a senior.
So dust off those running shoes and spandex, invest in some weights, get a trainer, go to the gym, and get going!
Exciting news for those of you trying to reduce your waistlines…
Obesity is a prevalent public health problem associated with a number of severe health effects and those over 40 are at increased risk of being overweight. This risk may be due to a decrease in energy expenditure, reduced energy requirements, or an increased susceptibility to excess energy consumption in this stage of life. Increasing daily water consumption is widely recognized as a weight loss strategy, yet there is actually little data to support this. From studies that are available, it has been shown that:
Energy intake (EI) is significantly lower in water drinkers than non-water drinkers (1),
substituting water for energy-containing beverages decreases self-reported EI (2)
increasing self-reported daily water consumption by 1 litre or more in overweight women is associated with increased weight loss (3), and
water consumption with a meal reduces ratings of hunger and increases ratings of satiety (4,5).
The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that pre-meal water consumption would lead to greater weight loss in older overweight and obese individuals consuming a hypocaloric diet. The secondary objective was to determine if water intake before a meal to reduce meal EI is sustained after a 12-week period of increased water consumption in older overweight and obese adults.
Both groups (with and without water prior to eating) experienced significant weight loss but a greater decline in weight (44% greater) was found for the water group.
The decline in total fat mass was greater for the water group.
Mean daily EI, energy and ED (energy density) from food, and beverage ED declined similarly in both groups.
Total dietary ED from food and beverage declined more in the water group as compared to the non-water group.
The water group participants demonstrated greater increases in water and total fluid consumption than the non-water group participants.
There were no differences between groups for all other outcome measures.
No gender differences were found for measures in the groups.