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Healthy Fun at Halloween (Read if you dare!)

October 27, 2012 in Regular Updates, Uncategorized

FunMeFit Love Halloween! We’ve got a few ideas to make Halloween extra fun and scary too – a bit of scaring is great for kids and their overall health and well-being!

Remember, Halloween should be a time of fun and play for the kids as well as a time to eat lots of sweets!

Here are some great scary play ideas for you to plan:

1. Play ‘Monsters in the Dark’ – turn all the lights off in the house, capture one of the kids and keep them in one room with you and pretend to sleep – the other kids have to quietly rescue the prisoner without waking you up! If they wake you, chase them! It keeps their hearts & yours beating fast!!

2. Trick or Treat Football – When you’re out with them Trick or Treating, take a football too and have a scary costume football game with others who are out! Use your sweetie bags as goal posts!

3. Have a fun Halloween Dance Off – with family and friends. Play classic tunes like Micheal Jackson’s Thriller and see who’s got the best and most Zombie-like moves! This may be dad’s chance to shine with some embarrassing ‘dad dancing!’

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Have a super scary and ghoulishly healthy Halloween!

Qigong Benefits from Regular Practice of Key Routines

October 12, 2012 in News, Regular Updates, Uncategorized

Contributed by our great member @peterallsop – http://www.sheffieldkungfu.com

On September 9, 2012 by Sifu Peter Allsop

The Practice of Qigong

These are a by-no-means-exhaustive list of benefits from regular 5 Elements Qigong practice. One 30 minute-or-so session isn’t enough for measurable improvements which spring from regular, repeated practice over a period of time. In China local Qigong Coaches lead practice in Parks and open spaces.

1. Qigong improves general metabolic functions, particularly digestion and elimination of waste products. Qigong is also excellent for weight-control purposes. Regular practice encourages youthful appearance and balanced energy.

The 5 Elements: Fire (Red), Metal (White), Water (Blue), Wood (Green) and Earth (Represented by the Central Taiji Symbol) Each Correspond With One of the 5 Major Internal Organs Comprising the ‘Inner You’!

2. Qigong increases your tissues’ oxygen supply and generally enhances their overall health. It also increases your endurance, alertness and powers of concentration.
3. Qigong improves your immune system’s effectiveness so you become less prone to colds, contracting flu and succumbing to viruses generally. Regular Qigong practice means a faster recovery-rate should you fall ill.

4. Qigong alleviates arthritis and chronic fatigue bringing about improved circulation of the blood and other body fluids. It also enhances bodily mobility and flexibility of your major joints.

5.Lower abdomen movement generated during Qigong practice massages the major internal organs, rejuvenates the body’s internal systems functioning and delays aging (1).

6. Performing Qigong routines soothes the Central Nervous System producing feelings of contentment and serenity–an excellent remedy for stress and anxiety.

7. Qigong increases lung-capacity tremendously, improving your performance in a whole range of fields.

8. 5 Elements Qigong increases ‘inner you’ awareness of the 5 Major Internal Organs: Lungs, Kidneys, Liver, Heart and Spleen and the invisible Qi-energies moving mysteriously within your body’s interior. Disorders amongst these ‘famous five’ are the most common causes of serious illness, premature death and aging.
5 Elements Qigong focuses upon enhancing and maintaining their balanced healthy functioning, likewise Shaolin health, youth and longevity training (2). 5 Elements/’Wuxing’ Theory, basis of this form of Qigong training, has been used in China for these purposes for over 2000 years.

Overall
Invisible progress within the body’s interior is difficult to measure but will-power and inner strength (needed when things get tough) increases in those who persist. Such routines feature within Shaolin Temple Monk Training. Ideally you need face-to-face tuition from a qualified Coach.

Notes
(1)’Qigong: 250 Year Old Master Li Ching-Yuen’ has more details.
(2) ‘Shaolin Kung Fu: Routines for Inner Strength and Longevity’ explores some of these
Peter Allsop
Peter Allsop M.Ed., UK Shaolin Qigong Coach is a Senior Student of Grandmaster Yap Leong and Senior Coach on his HYL (Health, Youth and Longevity) 5 Elements Qigong Programme. Peter is a Kung Fu Master, Feng Shui consultant and also author of recent eBooks on related topics.
Explore the free resources at http://www.sheffieldkungfu.com or http://www.hylenergiser.com
Qigong and Kung Fu Master Peter teaches Classes in Sheffield’s Fitness Club, S1 2LG Wed/Thurs/ Sats (plus one-to-one sessions by appointment) as Grandmaster Yap Leong’s Senior Coach and Student.

Saturday October 27th October at the Fitness Club, Sheffield. S1 2LG
Grandmaster Yap Leong’s ‘Hyl (Health, Youth and Longevity) Energiser’ Qigong programme Foundation Module, plus Level 1 Qigong Coaching Course Award at the Fitness Club, Sheffield.
Offered also in London and Bracknell, Berks, please use the contact details for enrollment. Qigong Training at all levels is consistently available at the Fitness Club.