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  • Low Impact Exercise

    1 posts, 1 voices, 280 views, started Oct 23, 2008

    Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2008 by Ms-kay

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    • Carnelian
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      Since not everyone is made for high-level exercising. But you can become fit without bouncing around in a leotard, battering your joints. Forget all the huffing, puffing, lugging, lifting, and straining. Movement therapy is a gentle – yet effective – group of sports that include yoga, tai chi, and Pilates. Just don't be fooled by their mild manner. These activities can whip you into shape without breaking a sweat.

      It wasn't until recently that modern science confirmed the many physical benefits of yoga, tai chi, and Pilates. With them, you can improve your balance, flexibility, and strength – no matter what your age, weight, or fitness level.

      No Pain – but great gain

      Yoga, tai chi, and Pilates are gentle enough for anyone to try. If you consider yourself in bad health or disabled in some way, you're a perfect candidate for these movement therapies. You can ease into the programs slowly and set your own pace. It's easy to stick with them and you'll see improvement quickly.

      All the activities – tai chi, yoga, and Pilates – are done slowly, with intense focus on proper breathing and posture. They all relax your body and calm your mind.

       Tai chi and yoga are especially recommended for people with arthritis. Gentle yoga can improve arthritis in your hands, for example, and tai chi's precise, flowing movements help keep your joints limber, relieve your pain, and keep you active.

      • The dance-like stretches, poses, and maneuvers within each of these movement therapies will gently strengthen and tone your body. Pilates is especially good as a strength-training workout.

      • Add yoga or Pilates to your exercise regimen if you need to improve your heart health.

      • In today's hectic world, it may be hard to squeeze an extra 30 minutes of exercise into your schedule – at least without feeling even more stress. The beautiful thing about movement therapy is that it combines stress relief with exercise, so you kill two birds with one stone.

      Things to know before you give it a go

      Just to be safe, make sure that you take these precautions before starting any new exercise program.

      • Get your doctor's approval on your fitness plan, especially if you've badly injured your back, neck, knees, or shoulders in the past.

      • The stretches, poses, and movements of these therapies should not hurt. If you feel pain, stop and check your technique before continuing.

      • Pilates is the most intense of the three exercise forms. You may want to try one of the less strenuous programs first if you are out of shape.



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