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|Residents Association MagazineWinter 2002 - 19|
WHAT TYPE OF EXERCISE SHOULD WE DO?
I believe you should do whatever type of exercise you enjoy most so long as you work at your own level. I do not subscribe to the 'no gain without pain' philosophy. It should feel good not painful! Gently push yourself when you feel ready. The recommended frequency is 3 to 4 sessions per week of 30-40 minutes per session making sure, if you are a beginner, to start at a lower level. Interchange your activity to get a balance of all over fitness. If you are not sure you are doing the right exercise it would be wise to consult a Doctor or a Fitness Professional like myself to guide you in the right direction for your specific needs, Remember if you don't use it you lose it and many middle aged people will already relate to this philosophy.
WHY SHOULD WE EXERCISE?
Here I give you the medical benefits. You may find something you would like to improve on and, at the same time, increase your sense of well-being.
I have been teaching fitness for over 20 years and experienced most of the fads that have come in and out of fashion. During that time I gained a range of qualifications and a wealth of experience in training people of all ages and abilities, shapes and sizes. I teach Pilates and the Chi Ball method and hold classes in Broadstone as well as Upton and Colehill. l also run Personal Training sessions in my studio in Broadstone as well as in private homes locally.
The Pilates techniques are, in my opinion, the safest you can practice for good posture and alignment. It is an 'as well as' not an 'instead of' regime so it will complement whatever activity you undertake and can improve your performance and posture.
You are never to old to start so come on and give it a go!
Joan Harrison, Reflex Fitness
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