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Interesting Ways to Help Your Kids Exercise in Winter

Getting Exercise in the Winter It’s cold and dark outside. You come home with the kids and all you want to do is snuggle on the couch. Snuggling in winter may be fun (and I’m not going to say you shouldn’t snuggle) but your kids need something more. In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), kids need at least 1 hour of physical activity—every day. And depending on your children’s school program and sports activities, they may not even get close. There are many benefits. Exercise helps kids feel less stressed, have higher self-esteem, focus at school, sleep better and maintain a healthy weight. You’ve probably noticed that parenting children who get enough exercise is also easier than parenting those who don’t. Winter is a time for yin activities. It’s healthy to be introspective and quiet. However, children need physical activity—even in the winter. But on a cold, dark day, how do you get your kids to exercise? Indoor Exercise The first strategy is to get physical activity at home. Walk the dog or shovel the snow. Race around the house. Go outside and play snowball basketball. Young children may enjoy creative home exercise. Try playing “rock, paper, scissors” with your legs. Do sun salutations together. See who can walk upstairs backward the fastest. When you spend time at home, keep moving. Take breaks every hour and do jumping jacks. Play exercise workout games, like Dance Dance Revolution. Do push-ups, sit-ups and squats.   Use commercial breaks to challenge each other to a dance contest. Even jump-roping in the basement is a good exercise option. Outdoor Exercise...
Get a winter tune-up with acupuncture and Chinese medicine

Get a winter tune-up with acupuncture and Chinese medicine

  Yoga, Yoga Everywhere There are over 40 different styles of yoga taught in the United States. All of the types of yoga overlap and have a common goal – the union of mind, body and spirit. Each style of yoga is distinguished by particular practices. Some types of yoga are quite physical, building strength and flexibility, while others are restorative and meditative. Below is a short list of a few styles of yoga. Which one is right for you? Ashtanga yoga – Developed in 1937 by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. This style of yoga focuses upon building strength and heat in the body. It provides a fast-paced, and sometimes intense, workout through a series of challenging poses that are taught in a sequential order. Bikram yoga – Be prepared to sweat. Bikram is performed in a room heated to about 100 degrees. This yoga consists of 26 poses that are repeated twice in the same order. The intense workout warms the body and muscles and increases flexibility. Bring plenty of water, a towel and possibly a change of clothes. Iyengar Yoga – B.K.S. Iyengar developed this style of yoga in 1937. It is focused upon the correct alignment of the body in all poses which may be held for up to five minutes or more, in order to correct alignment and posture. Iyengar will build, strength, endurance and flexibility. The classes may also use props, such as, straps, blocks and blankets to get the body into the perfect pose. Kundalini yoga – This ancient style of yoga has been practiced in India for centuries. It came to the...

2010 Spring News Letter

The season of change is finally here and heaven knows no one appreciates like Melbournians, I think it’s actually the reason we stay so cheery during the winter now, there a couple of things that we get as a bonus to the feeling of sun on our face and If I warn you about it now, maybe you can enjoy the change! With the sun we also get… Wind, not so affectionately referred to in Chinese Medicine as the “bearer of a hundred diseases…” demands particular respect in early spring because our protective energy, like the rest of us, is usually a little weak after winter. So, • leave your winter clothes on until well past the start of the warmer weather because the sun is out well before our environment is warm, • carry a scarf or wear a collar so you can cover your neck on windy days, it’s the area most susceptible to “wind invasion”, • if you have a history of health problems in Spring it is much easier for us to treat them before the symptoms come, And yes, I’m talking about hay fever, and asthma, and eczema or any other skin problems because it’s the skin and the Lungs that often show the first signs of an “external wind invasion”. “Stirring internal wind” is another risk of windy weather; ask the school teachers what happens to the children on windy days! Now adults are also affected, so symptoms related to the Liver function in Chinese Medicine may arise for example, insomnia, trembling hands, vertigo, migraines, some arthritic conditions and mood swings to name...