Practicing the Form

The names of the moves in tai chi chien are not as consistent and universal as the names in Yang style tai chi chaun, although some are romantic or exotic, e.g., “Bird Seeking Lodging Flies Into Forest,” and “Biggest Star in the Big Dipper.” Many teachers prefer to use physical descriptions for each move e.g., “Raise knee and windmill chop,” or “Backward step and inverted thrust”. Read more

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Ryan’s Journal: Week Six. Part 2

Outstanding job with your cardiovascular activity this week! It’s the best week you’ve had so far. Both your duration and variety were ideal. The shin splints probably came about from worn shoes, as you guessed. Or, it could be from doing a little too much jogging, too soon. If the shins are still bothering you, perform more of a brisk walk than jogging. Read more

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Ryan’s Journal: Week Six. Part 1

I had much better control of both exercise and food this week. I did not have to travel this week, which makes it much easier. The test will come next week, since I will be out Monday through Thursday. Each day I will be in a different city, which will tax both the proper diet and exercise. Read more

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A Change Of Pace, Part 2

Background noise is never a problem. Unless it is some high school student thinking that the whole world listens to hip hop, And, as a public service, plays it loud enough so that we all may partake in the aural delight of such modern virtuosos as Master P and Snoop Doggy Dogg (you know, the Carnegie Hall crowd). Read more

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A Change Of Pace, Part 1

There is one particular thing which I consider the bane of running at any time of the day, no matter where you happen to live, and that one thing is called simply ‘automobile traffic.’ I can avoid other runners, and I can avoid bicyclists and I can even avoid those kids who insist on plaguing the sidewalk with skateboards and scooters. Read more

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Difficult Health Problems. Part 2

Dangers of health fraud

Fraudulent products hurt the fitness industry when they discourage people from becoming physically active, and when they encourage people to rely on ineffective products to solve problems. These products are harmful in other ways as well. Read more

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Difficult Health Problems. Part 1

Exercise can be a hard product to sell, even though scientific evidence backs it up. Thousands of studies support that regular exercise helps to prevent chronic disease and improve quality of life. Unfortunately, many scams promise to help people achieve these benefits without the time and effort required by regular exercise. Read more

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Combining Wellness & Technology

Today’s health club clients are a diverse group of special populations, from those seeking rehab, to individuals requiring exercise prescriptions to accommodate special needs, to athletes who have specific competition goals. What this means is that the fitness center staff has more information than ever to convey, and an even more difficult task of identifying what information to communicate to which members. Read more

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Why Heart Patients Should Kick Butts. Part 5

“Smoking is highly addictive, and quitting is very difficult,” said David J. Cohen, M.D., M.Sc., associate director of interventional cardiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard University in Boston. Read more

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Why Heart Patients Should Kick Butts. Part 4

Kelsey’s study found that almost 3 in 5 smokers who undergo surgery for heart disease continue to smoke after their procedure.

“We thought that individuals who needed the operations would have been shaken up enough to stop — but that was not the case for almost 60 percent,” said co-author Bonnie H. Weiner, M.D., medical director of the Center for Research in Invasive and Interventional Cardiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester. Read more

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