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Starting A Fun Family Fitness Plan

Exercising every day is a crucial component of any plan to remain healthy and physically fit. Even though getting enough exercise is necessary for a healthy lifestyle, you shouldn't think that it needs to me mindless, difficult, or disagreeable. To the contrary, lots of exercise choices are quite enjoyable. If you want your family to shape up and sustain ideal body weights as well as enjoy the time they spend doing so, you'll want to take these simple suggestions to heart when you make your plans for fun family fitness.

Choosing Physical Activities That Everyone Enjoys

It is well known that people will experience the most success at maintaining an exercise regimen when that routine is something that they find enjoyable. If your family wants to be successful at a family fitness plan, it's a good idea to figure out what types of exercise each person enjoys. Most likely, you won't find that people agree on their favorite suggestions, however, this step will help you to create a collection of possibilities. Write down what each member of the family prefers. Next, make a fun, family fitness routine which can be done each week and make sure to include one or more activities from each family members' preferences. This should keep everybody happy and healthy, and it will also help you get to know the physical activity choices of each member of the family. Eventually, you may even find one fitness routine that everybody enjoys. In this case, your family will be able to work out together. A hectic schedule may get in the way of exercising together every day. One solution to this problem is to get a copy of your weekly fitness routine to everybody in the family. Put the weekly physical exercise plans in picture frames and your fitness goals will not only be a helpful prompter, but also become a motivating piece of wall art.

Playtime Fun that Also Serves As Physical Activity

When making your family fitness plan, remember that many fun playtime activities can help you meet your healthy goals just as well as a more typical exercise routine. Many kids love to play soccer, baseball, or basketball and would love to have others in the family join them in a game out back. Cycling on a bike trail, walking through a neighborhood park, skating at the local roller rink, sledding or frolicking in the snow together are all fun options for good workouts. Such exercise is not only good for your health; it is simply, good fun. Don't forget to take photographs of your family as they have a great time doing these things together. Put your fitness photos in picture frames throughout the house and you will reinforce the message you want your family to get which is that family fitness is fun.

Charting Progress to Maintain Motivation

With a little consistency in performing your family fitness routine, you will be amazed to realize how much your family's body strength, stamina and energy have improved. Charting your family member's individual statistics is a great way to see your progress towards any starting fitness goals. If everybody had a goal of losing weight, perhaps a weekly weigh-in would be a motivating idea. Or if increasing stamina was a goal, track your family's weekly mileage and increase it by a quarter of a mile each week. Seeing how much progress you are making individually and as a family is very motivating.


Running Tips - Washing Your Running Caps

In my opinion, wearing a cap while running is one of the most important things that a runner can do. A good running cap will protect you from the sun, being blinded by the glare of the sun and car lights, and the rain. I wear a cap every time that I go for a run - no matter what time of day it is or what the weather is. I have several and alternate them like I do my shoes. However, after so long - they do get a little stained. So, the question comes up on how to wash your running caps. Here are a few ideas to keep them clean.

Many runners wash their caps by hand. You can fill a sink - or a bucket of water with dish soap to wash it with. If it has severe stains, you can use a soft brush or toothbrush to wash.

I have also heard of runners that will put their running caps in the dishwasher. There's a plastic piece that you can buy that you put the caps on that will hold their shape. Many use that while others just put them in the top shelf in their dishwasher.

Then, there are others, myself included - that put them in the washing machine. Now, I was always afraid to do that - until I had to buy a new washer and dryer a few months ago. This washer has a "hand wash" cycle. I decided to try it with my running caps the other day - and it worked great! I used a special detergent for running clothes - and was so pleased with the results! There were a few stains that completely disappeared! My caps look almost new now.

I was worried about what would happen to the brims in the washing machine - but they came out fine. If you don't have a hand wash cycle - I would think that washing caps should work in the delicate cycle, also. You can wash them right in with your running clothes.

Whichever method that you use to wash your caps - you want to make sure that you let them air dry. You don't want to put them in the dryer. Keeping them out of the dryer should help them keep their shape.

Running caps are important to me - and I'm sure to many other runners. If you take care of them properly, they should last you for a long time.


Why You Need To Have The Proper Tai Chi Clothing

Tai Chi is a unique pastime, not only is it exercise but it is also consider both a sport and an art. One of the key factors in Tai Chi is the ability of the person practicing the art to focus and use basic meditation methods to execute the exercises correctly. Added to this are factors such as the environment, tranquility, and the proper clothing.

The need for proper clothing cannot be underestimated when practicing Tai Chi as the right fitting clothing is just as important as preparing yourself mentally. According to the experts the spiritual energy possessed by all human beings flows through every pore of the body and wearing tight and restrictive clothing can greatly reduce this energy flow. It is said that this is even more important for beginning practitioners of the art as these people are just learning to find and harness their energy.

The exercises in Tai Chi require a lot of movement and flexibility so clothing such as jeans and jackets are inhibiting and should not be worn. Clothing such as this will also make the wearer extremely uncomfortable while in meditation.

The best clothing for Tai Chi will be light, soft and flexible so that it doesn't inhibit movement and is also limber enough that it will allow the practitioner to easily hold the required postures. The suggested fabrics to use are cotton, silk, and linen. Pants made of linen are always a good choice because of its thermo-regulation properties and in contrast to silk is very durable and resistant to abrasion. With that said the old time traditional Tai Chi masters always wore silk due to it being so plentiful in China. Another good option for those who cannot get silk or linen is cotton which is cool and inexpensive.

As far as color goes, most Tai Chi clothing will be either Black or White or a combination of the two. Some schools will have colors that are specific to that particular school.

Some more casual Tai Chi schools do not necessitate uniforms be worn by their students and will use t-shirts or sweat shirts with the name of the school printed on them. In most cases the shirt is white and will have traditional Tai Chi symbols printed on it or it will be imprinted with the school's logo. In most cases the pants are left up to the student to choose.

The clothes don't make the man and this is also the case with Tai Chi, someone who is very skilled can practice the art in any clothing and in any environment. The point of this article is to show that the optimum choice is to have loose comfortable clothing, especially in the beginning when you are first learning.


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