Tuesday, 22 November 2011


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Sunday, 20 November 2011

When is a Zumba party not just a party...

When is a Zumba party not just a party! When it's a whole lot more besides!

Let the Party begin at your pace.

Party On!

The Citadel
On the 18th of November 2011, I went along to Peterborough's 3rd Intergenerational Convention to present a Workshop for Healthy Living in the context of Intergenerational (IG)Practice and bringing people together through activity. The activity Caroline asked me to present was Zumba Fitness and as an educational point of view the workshop presented was Zumba Gold is not just for Old - It's for the Peterboroughs Intergenerational Practice!

Definition of Intergenerational Practice“Intergenerational (IG) Practice aims to bring people together in purposeful, mutually beneficial activities which promote greater understanding and respect between generations and contributes to building more cohesive communities. Intergenerational practice is inclusive, building on the positive resources that the young and old have to offer each other and those around them”
(Beth Johnson Foundation, 2006)

Zumba Gold bringing people of all ages together through activity...

The aim of the workshop was to inspire different generations of people and bring Zumba Gold party to everyone standing or in a chair —"Where there’s an empty space, there’s a Zumba gold party waiting to happen!"

In this workshop we explored the benefits of activity and how the Zumba fitness program can be adapted to suit people of all ages, young or old. From the participants that were chair based, those with limited mobility, with joint or health issues to those with greater abilities and how we can get people moving together through music no matter what age or ability.Bringing People of all ages together for activity healthy living workshop offered the participants a unique Zumba (gold) experience.

To find out more about how the Zumba Party Health & Fitness workshop program can help your group, contact Sue Burnett, Active Edge Solutions. w: www.activeedgesolutions.co.uk, m: 07901 937 665

Thursday, 17 November 2011

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Monday, 14 November 2011

Bringing People of All Ages | Zumba

ZUMBA GOLD® is not just for OLD - It's for Peterborough's Intergenerational Workshop, Friday 18th November , 2011.

The aim is to keep the party going for different generations of people and bring Zumba Gold classes and party almost anywhere — Where there’s an empty space, there’s a Zumba gold party waiting to happen!

Bringing People of all ages together for activity
Fridays Intergenerational healthy living workshop will offer you a unique Zumba experience. In this workshop we will explore the benefits of activity and how the Zumba fitness program can be adapted to suit people of all ages and abilities and how we can get people moving together through music. Convention doors open, 09:30 and ends 12:30 join us if you can.

To find out more about how the Zumba gold program can help you or your group, please contact Sue Burnett, Active Edge Solutions. w: www.activeedgesolutions.co.uk, m: 07901 937 665

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Poppies blowing | An Armistice Day Nordic Walk

What a unique day, 11/11/11 - We remember those from WW1 and WW2 soldiers who gave their lives without regrets. To remember their bravery and heroism we gave them a special remembrance before our British Nordic Walk began. The theme of our Nordic Walk was poppies blowing in the wind.

This was quite appropriate due to the fact a keen wind was blowing the poppies we had so carefully pinned to our coats, kagouls and Jims hat. There we were on Friday the 11 November 2011 poised with emotions full of sadness and feelings for the loss of those oh so very brave soldiers who went before us to keep our green and pleasant land safe.

Usually we begin the Nordic walk with something to warm up the group, today was no exception. Behind a sheltered wall we stood while I recited the beautiful, sorrowful, mournful verses of " In Flanders Fields " By the famous war poet, John McCrae, May 1915. This was followed by 2 minutes of silence of respect and remembrance for those brave soldiers before we began our regular Nordic Walk.

All too soon, we were warming up ready for our Nordic Walk, our pace was purposeful and fairly brisk due to the keen winds. We stopped to pause a little, catch our breath, we chatted to a man and his dog who was keen to join our Nordic Walking club in the future.

We were happy to be alive and enjoyed our Nordic walk despite a strong chill from a stiff breeze that would have been seen our "poppies" blowing in the wind this Remembrance day.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Core Stability and Fitness Balls

There are many ways to improve your muscular health, fitness or sports and minimise risks to injury one of the major ways to do this is to improve your core stability. It is indeed the most important area is you core, all the limbs hang off the core and if the core is strong all the other muscles and joints work that much better. When I refer to the core of the body it is the shoulder and the hip girdle that make up the core. Many people think it is the six pack, and seek to develop rock hard abs unfortunately this will create an imbalance in muscle structures and not actually develop strength in the entire core. The six pack is the outer layer of abdominal muscle know as the rectus abdominus. We are not talking about building up bulky muscles here, the core muscles are much more subtle and need to be fine tuned in many situations.

Many people visit me in the clinic with dodgy hips, dodgy knees or dodgy backs and it is mainly due to a weak core. To help you improve your core stability there are many activities you can do, e.g. ViPR fitness, Nordic walking, Gym Fitness to name but a few . This can be as simple as sitting on a physio ball and lifting one leg at a time. This can feel quite wobbly at first but as your core muscles start to develop, you will be come more stable. The great thing about having a physio ball at home is you can use it while sitting watching the TV and it can also double up as a seat if your out of chairs and you have loads of visitors round. There are endless activities based around the physio ball. When you choose your physio or gym ball look for quality rather than the cheapest after all you want it to be withstand bursting and do the job it is supposed to do.

Of course there is no point having a ball without a pump so buying a ball with a pump is a good investment and of course you need to know what to do with it once you have bought it. Above you will see a useful selection of physio balls and recommended books to help you improve your corse stability for fitness, injury rehab or sports training.

Another useful bit of kit for your home gym is a foam roller this can help you with fascial release and core stabilisation and other activities. Again you may wish to work with your trainer to help you develop some exciting activities to develop your core.

Finally, should you require one to one help to develop a routine that is right for you then do think about a personal training program to help get you started. You will benefit from the expertise and knowledge of the fitness instructor, your confidence will grow and the support and motivation will enable you to get it right first time round and you will avoid going back to rehab. To find out more about personal training, contact Sue: http://www.activeedgesolutions.co.uk/