Posted by: medica...the healing arts, LLC | September 12, 2012

Hoola Hoop and be Fit

Autumn can be a fun time to get into shape.  In Autumn,  our schedules become more structured and predictable.  We can take some time in our week to focus on ourselves.  Going to workout, walking, meditating and care f or ourselves are all parts of our lives that can now be incorporated into our schedules.

Staying active in Autumn is very important.  With the days getting cooler and the nights getting longer, it would be so easy to just curl up with a good book and a cup of tea.

That is the last thing you want to do in Autumn!!

Motion is very important at this time of the year.  You need to keep active and allow your body to maintain a good energy level.  When you stay active in Autumn, you allow your body to improve your immune system.  You continue to use and flex your muscles.  You sweat.  All of these are important to maintaining a higher level of wellness.

There are lots of ways to stay active.  You can take classes in yoga or Pilates; you can join a Zumba session;  AND to have even more fun –– try hoola hooping!  Most of us have picked up a hoola hoop or two along the way.  We can still remember the days of challenging our friends and family members to a contest.  Well, the hoola hoop is back.  And it’s bigger and bolder than ever before!

No matter what activity you choose to use to keep your body in motion, please remember two very important things:

(1) if you are under a physician’s care, it is important to check with them to make sure the activity is appropriate for your current state of wellness

(2) make sure you warm up, stretch  and cool down for each session.

Many of the injuries that occur from activities are from improper care before and after the session.  Most people just jump right into the activity with warming the body up and stretching.  Likewise, fatigue and sore muscles can occur afterwards. This is due to the lack of cool down and stretching. It is not a good practice to jump right into the activity and then abruptly quit.  Your body was not designed to do this. This can cause strains, sprains and acid build-up in your muscles.

We are in the process of  talking with several instructors in our vicinity who teach Yoga, Pilates, Zumba and Hoola Hoop classes.   As  part of our 20th year anniversary celebration, we are organizing a URFit Event that will feature local fitness instructors.  If you would like to be on our invitation list, or are wondering how these activities can help you stay in shape for Autumn, please email our office.  We will be sure to include you in the event invitation.

Our email is: medica2beverly@msn.com


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