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June 5, 2018

Learning Tai Chi

Filed under: Sports,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 12:15 pm

Learning Tai Chi – It is always great to learn something new and if it also has health benefits then it is even better. One of those pastimes that has just grown and grown in popularity in recent years is Tai Chi, an historic martial art that has been around for many centuries. Part of Tai Chi’s appeal to the masses is that it is so slow moving and sedate that everybody feels that they could manage it with ease. No hectic, fast paced movements with Tai Chi, just controlled movements and exercises that can greatly help with such things as stress and anxiety and can also improve flexibility, balance, posture, concentration and spacial awareness. Tai Chi is also known to help with pain relief and may aid recovery from a number of illnesses. Tai Chi is great for meditation and is often called the moving meditation because pupils are actually moving as they are meditating, albeit slowly. Tai Chi is also a great way to meet new people and generally improve your lifestyle in a safe relaxed way. Tai Chi can be used as a form of self-defence so has added benefits apart from those relating to health and wellness. If you have a Tai Chi school near you, it would be a great idea to get signed up and try it for yourself some time soon. If you find that you want to take things a little further you can graduate to the self-defence side of Tai Chi and even learn some disciplines which involve the use of weapons.

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July 1, 2017

Zumba Classes Are More Fun

Filed under: Sports,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , , — needahand @ 11:36 am

Zumba Classes Are More Fun – Are you always wanting to do more exercise but get bored with most forms of exercise? It could be that Zumba is the thing for you. A single Zumba class could expend between 500 and 1000 calories, and while you are losing those calories you are also having fun. Attending any Zumba session and you will notice the happy smiling faces of all the people who are participating, that is because Zumba is just so much fun to do, you won’t even realise that you are getting fit and burning off all that excess fat. You will generally find someone holding Zumba classes in pretty much any decent sized town in the UK and even in many larger villages. Look at your local leisure centre or village hall and somebody will likely be holding a Zumba class at least one day a week. Anyone of any age can join in and apart from the exercise, you are sure to meet lots of new people and widen your social circle. If you are really keen you might want to learn to be an instructor and hold your own classes to teach others. One step at a time though eh?

November 2, 2016

Taking Judo Classes

Filed under: Sports — Tags: , — needahand @ 3:22 pm

Taking Judo Classes – If you fancy taking up a new hobby, need something to increase your level of fitness or fancy improving your self defence capabilities, you might want to consider signing up for local Judo classes. Most major towns are home to a number of Judo clubs or schools and apart from gaining the aforementioned benefits you can also use these to meet with new people and make new friends. Now Judo is one of the more modern of the martial arts and was in fact only formulated in 1882 by one Kano Jigoro from Japan. It is now practised worldwide and is even a sport in the Olympic Games, so it has come a long way since the 1880s.

The first world champion of Judo was Shokichi Natsui who won the title in 1956.

This gentle system of unarmed combat has now become mostly a sport with complex rules and scoring methods, bit don’t let this put you off because it is a fun thing to do with plenty of health and wellbeing benefits. Maybe if you stick to it you will one day be a Black Belt!

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