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Body Alignment in Tai Chi Chuan

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An engineer knows that a building without good structure will eventually topple. Whether it’s a bridge, a skyscraper, an airport, or a stadium; the structure must be strong. This also holds true for Tai Chi Chuan. Every part of the body must be properly aligned for Tai Chi Chuan to work effectively.

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Qigong, Part 3

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Personally, I have found that certificates, licenses, etc., have nothing to do with the knowledge of the instructor or the quality of his/her teaching. There are many students who have been with their teacher for years and have had the knowledge of years of experience handed down to them.

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Qigong, Part 2

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One day, soon after, I was in a qigong class. Before long, my toes started tingling and when I looked down, the infected toe had turned purple and more swollen. We realized we had no ice (none of us use it, so we don’t keep it around), which seemed to be the natural solution for swelling. Eventually, the swelling diminished by itself and it went back to its “original” red color. We found out that every time we did qigong — especially in a group setting, my toe would do the same thing. Eventually, the red color began to recede. Ultimately, the toe healed itself and all I was doing for it (and myself) was qigong and my usual good food program.

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Qigong, Part 1

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I began learning qigong (chi-kung or chi-gong) about 10 or 11 years ago.

My first tai chi chuan (by the way, t’ai chi ch’uan is a form of qigong) teacher was Marjorie Jackson who now lives in Pasadena. At the time, Marjorie was teaching the Yang Short Form at a senior citizens’ center. Having been a martial artist for quite some time, learning the form was easy for me.

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Fitness for Teens

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As the obesity rate for teenagers surges, parents and health educators are looking for ways to motivate teens to exercise. Many teens opt for computer or television time, rather than engage in physical activity, leading to sedentary lifestyles and increased risk of obesity. But you can help parents to motivate their kids to become active by recommending the following.

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Winter Triathlon Fitness

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Take a tip from experienced triathletes though: if you slow down or stop working out now, you’ll be sluggish and weak in no time. Keep up your hard-won physical condition by making some changes in your routine, and you’ll soon love working out during this time of year.

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Sherry’s Farewell: Week 13. Part 2

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As you can see, your lifestyle makes it difficult to follow a strict, inflexible diet plan. I hoped to give you insight and tools to deal with any situation that arises. You need to continue to keep your fat intake low, avoid the sweets, limit portion sizes in restaurants and keep exercising. I suggest you try to keep a food diary for yourself, and weigh yourself weekly. These are good habits that will serve you well.

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Sherry’s Farewell: Week 13. Part 1

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This week my work definitely took over my life. My company acquired another company, which made for long hours. On top of that, we began a major remodel of our bedroom, bathroom and family room.

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Winning Cycling It’s All in Your Head, Part 2

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Becoming a Winner
The First Step — Fold a piece of paper into three columns. In the first column, list the obstacles you may face during the race, such as a tight start, a long hill or an all-out finish sprint. Title this column “Rocks in the Road.”

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Winning Cycling It’s All in Your Head, Part 1

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Recently, as I finished the final stretch of a triathlon’s bicycling segment, I spotted my father intently watching the cyclists at the start of the final stretch. My father is a veteran of World War II and was involved in a few battles, including the Normandy invasion. He said the sounds he heard from the bikers on the final stretch reminded him of the sounds the soldiers made to release adrenaline into their bodies as they ran onto the shores and into battle.

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