Tae Kwon Do is Great For All AgesWritten by Joe Serpico
Tae Kwon Do is Korean Karate. It means The Way of Hand and Foot (punching and kicking). There are basically four sections to art: Toning, Sparring, Forms and Self Defense.
It is a well rounded exercise program that encompasses muscle toning, stretching and flexibility, increasing strength and stamina through aerobic sparring and mental challenges through becoming proficient at patterns or forms.
Most classes start out with warm-ups. These exercises are calisthenics such as push ups, sit ups, jumping jacks, trunk rotations, squat kicks and various leg stretches. For certain you will tighten your abs and strengthen your arms just from performing warm-up exercises. Before you know it, you'll be doing fifty knuckle or triangle push-ups at rapid-fire pace and will be able to lean up against a wall and have someone lift your leg up so that your toes touch wall behind your ear. Tae Kwon Do will definitely help you to become or to stay limber.
Sparring is fighting in a controlled environment. It's not street fighting and all participants wear protective gear: helmet, gloves, shin guards and feet guards, called kicks. Usually you will spar in three minute rounds. It's basically kick boxing. Then a minute rest; switch partners, then spar again and repeat. You will get extremely hot and sweaty. Jab, punch, upper cut, side kick, reverse punch, round house, hammer fist, bob and weave and repeat. It's an excellent aerobic exercise.
Centenarian or Bust!Written by Sherri L Dodd
Can you remember millennium hype of 1999? Fast approaching was coming new year – 2000! Sure, it was mark of a 1,000 year period, but it was also mark of next century, which was a victory in itself and no less exciting. Periodicals, books and broadcasts would collectively take accountability for reaching another aged milestone. It was quite obvious squeaky clean and fresh young faces reporting on subject were not even privy to eight-track tapes nor game of Pong and I am willing to bet silent writers of many similar articles had barely a wrinkle to claim. Therefore, “we” that they would boast was more of a false possession to ownership rather than in literal sense of word.
Fortunately, it looks like “we” will have a whole new meaning in coming years. Rather than our beautiful Earth being majority possessor of actual hundred years gone past, more and more individuals will be claiming title of Centenarian. Currently, sixty thousand Centenarians are living in United States. And, amazingly, it is estimated that by year 2050, there could be as many as one million. So what is secret of these blessed souls of longevity? Was it diet and exercise? Was it their hopeful move to country? What could possibly postpone prerequisite to inevitable next beginning?
Scientists have long conducted case studies hoping to narrow in on secret formula to a long life. Without a doubt, there seems to be a primary common factor. According to Dr. Richard Kerber of University of Utah, smoking is “the one thing that affects longevity most.” And might I add, it is not only a relatively sure bet for premature demise, but also makes for a mighty unpleasant jaunt along way.