We all know the benefits of exercise. When we are injured the choices of exercise can seem limited though.
Sports are generally out of the question but what is left? And are there benefits to them?
Is widely recognised as the best gentle exercise available. It works your heart, your lungs, your legs and your whole body. Best of all, it can be done at your own pace, and your own time.
Aqua Aerobics use the resistance of the water to give you a total body workout. The buoyancy of the water also means there is no impact or jarring on the joints. Aqua Aerobics are great for recovery and re-introduction to exercise and ideal for all ages and fitness levels.
Tai Chi can be described as a moving form of yoga and meditation combined.
There are a number of forms of Tai Chi including Chen, Yang, Sun, Wu, Woo and Dong Yue.
Tai Chi consists of a sequence of movements performed softly and gracefully, with smooth, even transitions between them. Anyone, regardless of age or level of fitness, can practice and benefit from Tai Chi.
Due to its balance focus, Tai Chi is recognised as one of the best exercise you can do to prevent a fall.
Yoga is about creating balance in the body by developing flexibility and strength through the performance of poses or postures.
There are many different styles of yoga such as Hatha (slow-paced and gentle), Vinyasa (a more vigorous style), Ashtanga & Power Yoga (fast-paced, intense style), and Iyengar (focus on body alignment) to name but a few.
Yoga improves muscle strength and flexibility as well as balance, so can significantly reduce your risk of a fall.
Pilates is a series of nonimpact exercises designed by Joseph Pilates to develop strength, flexibility, balance, and inner awareness.
Pilates is a form of strength and flexibility training that can be done by someone at any level of fitness.
Pilates is helpful in preventing and rehabilitating from injuries, improving posture, and increasing flexibility, circulation, and balance, so can significantly reduce your risk of a fall.
Qi Gong is a Chinese practice of cultivating the body’s internal energy. It’s a medatiative excercise, as with yoga and Tai Chi.
Qi Gong incorporates physical postures, breathing patterns and movements that influence the entire body.
Qi Gong is designed to increase strength, flexibility and balance, and reduced stress levels.
Developed in conjuction with the Heart Foundation this is designed to gently easy you into excercise and improve your overall health.
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