Developing a Weight Loss Plan

Posted January 05, 2008 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Health & Fitness

In developing a weight loss plan individuals should view their weight loss goals as part of an overall long-term strategy to achieve an improved state of health. Developing a weight loss plan requires a steady course of weight loss with modest goals that will maximize the probability of permanent weight loss. In developing a weight loss plan, dietary and exercise components must be included. Overweight men and women who develop a weight loss plan with an active exercise program tend to benefit from exercise’s role in permanent weight maintenance. … Read More

Health Benefits of Pilates

Posted September 21, 2007 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Health & Fitness

The Pilates Method is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. Pilates is a total conditioning program that develops “core” muscles in the stomach and back. By developing core strength, the rest of the body moves fully and gracefully without resistance or tension. It’s also a mind-body fitness program that emphasizes proper breathing aligned with precise movements. … Read More

Tai Chi Has Proven Health Benefits

Posted May 14, 2007 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Health & Fitness

TAI CHI HAS PROVEN HEALTH BENEFITS Tai Chi, the ancient martial art, can improve health and fitness levels for people of all ages. Unlike more strenuous physical activities, Tai Chi's slow, balanced movements "are very accessible to older adults or patient populations that may have some physical limitations," says Dr. Michael Irwin, a professor of psychiatry and a researcher at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, part of the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine. He's conducted extensive research on Tai Chi’s health benefits. Tai Chi practitioners define one of the discipline's health benefits as the ability to restore a yin-yang physiological balance to qi, or life energy. Tai Chi works because the muscle movements in the exercises stimulate the flow of qi through the body and the major organs. Other tai chi exercises cultivate growth and storage of qi leading to longer life, better health and faster recovery from accidents. Irwin says there's currently no way to scientifically validate this, "But I'm not bothered by that, because there are lots of things in the world that we do not understand because we do not yet have a way to measure them." He and other researchers have compared the health of Tai Chi practitioners against that of more sendentary types of individuals. Using a "Medical Outcomes Scale," researchers have shown "that there are robust improvements in physical function -- simple things like being able to carry groceries, walk, go up stairs," Irwin says. Tai Chi’s aerobic effect increases metabolism and physical conditioning occurs with regular practice. Benefits extend to other areas. Tai Chi can help elderly practitioners reduce their risk for falls. Another UCLA study, to be published soon in the journal Gerontology, showed that Tai Chi boosted the sympathetic nervous system function, which is related to cardiovascular health. According to Irwin, no one has yet done a study on Tai Chi's effect on depression, although two UCLA studies did note significant improvements in mood in non-depressed people who took up the practice. Different tai chi moves have one thing in common; they have a psychological benefit gained by the mind-body link in Tai Chi exercises. Practice directs the mind to focus on the moves, reduces distractions and results in peace of mind. For more information about Tai Chi for health and well-being contact Dr. Richard Browne at (305) 595-9500. … Read More

Tai Chi Boosts Immune System in Older Adults

Posted March 27, 2007 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Health & Fitness


Qigong For Health And Wellbring

Posted January 03, 2007 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Health & Fitness


Exercise Helps People Quit Smoking

Posted October 28, 2006 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Health & Fitness


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