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Exercise & Fitness

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Exercise and Fitness are integral to a healthy body, a healthy mind and increased energy overall. Exercising and having a regular fitness routine will keep you younger. 

The Benefits of Being Fit and Exercising

Being fit and healthy is something that many people aspire to, and a truly fit body can only be achieved through an exercise regime of some sort.  Fitness is important; a body that is in optimum working condition is less likely to become injured, a person will have more energy, and there is far greater chance of avoiding illness, either in the short or long term.

If you feel that you want to become fit but are lost for the best place to start, an exercise physiologist or personal trainer can draw up a program that is tailored to your current levels of fitness, setting goals that can be reasonably obtained.  If you prefer your exercise to be less structured, or you wish to gain additional flexibility, Pilates or Tai Chi may just be perfect for you.

Focusing on the physical body also means that you learn how to breathe correctly, in turn improving the oxygen levels in your blood, and even alleviating some chronic conditions.

Buteyko Breathing Technique

The Buteyko Breathing Technique is a technique that is designed to teach individuals how to retrain their breathing, so that they achieve a normal breathing rate and depth.  The Buteyko Breathing Technique believes that many people actually breathe too much, causing problems such as asthma, disturbed sleep patterns, excessive tiredness, high blood pressure, and even digestive disorders.  Rather than treating the symptoms that arise as a cause of this over breathing, Buteyko will treat the over breathing itself so that normal breathing is achieved and chronic health conditions are managed.

Exercise Physiology

Exercise physiology is about helping the body to work in the way that it was designed to.  The goal of exercise physiology is to have the core muscles operating correctly, as well as to help you reach your physical goals, such as weight loss, rehabilitation from injury or general fitness.  Exercise physiologists are professionals that design exercise programs without actually being a personal trainer. Such programs may involve things such as Pilates, gym programs, and home-based exercises.  The aim is to improve the client’s range of motion, strength, and functional capacity.

Personal Training

Personal training is a service in which an experienced professional will map out a tailored exercise plan for an individual, based on their current levels of fitness as well as their fitness goals.  Personal trainers are about more than just helping you to get fit though – they help you with motivation to exercise and provide you with guidance, so that you learn how to use equipment safely and correctly.  Personal trainers work with all aspects of the body and benefits include an increased self-esteem, lower weight and body fat levels, and better sleeping patterns.

Pilates and Tai Chi

  • Pilates is a form of body conditioning that brings together muscle control, breathing, flexibility, strength training, and body awareness.  It consists of a series of movements that utilises both the body and the mind, and can be performed as either floor Pilates or apparatus Pilates.  It is a known stress reliever, can prevent injury and improve flexibility, and it can help with pain.  Pilates can be performed in a one or one or class environment.
  • Tai chi is a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine that integrates the mind, body and spirit through meditation, deep breathing, and continuous exercise.  Its purpose is to improve the flow of energy throughout the body.  Technically speaking, tai chi is a martial art but it is now practiced mainly because of its therapeutical benefits, including stress reduction, improved balance, and improved flexibility.  Tai chi focuses on internal discipline.

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