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December 27, 2013

Living Fit: Celebrating a fit and healthy you

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3. What’s all the buzz about yoga? Yoga is thousands of years old but is still a new concept for many of us. There are many different practices of yoga, so be sure that if you are interested in taking a class that you ask what method of yoga is taught and what the teacher’s credentials are. Make the teacher aware of your injuries or limitations so that posture modifications are offered. Start slowly, and be gentle with yourself. A flexible body is a strong body, and yoga is a wonderful way to increase your flexibility, thereby reducing your chance of injury. Yoga is also great for increasing body awareness, reducing stress, and connecting the mind and the body. Studies show that you can achieve greater results in our workouts through visualization of specific muscles. This mind/body connection will improve your workouts and benefit other phases of your life. I believe that by connecting to the body, great things can happen.

Celebrate your body through movement, whether it is yoga, weight training, walking your dog or skipping with your kids to the bus stop. Reclaim your freedom of movement. Don’t use age, injury, lack of time or whatever other tape runs through your mind as an excuse any longer. You have nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain.

Make it a great day!

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Kate McKay, an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer and business consultant, resides in Newburyport. For more fitness tips, visit her website at www.kate-mckay.com. Please feel free to submit any fitness and health questions to Kate at kate@kate-mckay.com.

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