Do you Tai Chi?

Tai chi is one of the examples of gentle exercises recommended by the National Institute of Mental Health that may be helpful in coping with stress.

I am very pleased to see that tai chi as a form of exercise and stress reliever is growing in popularity in the U.S. Tai chi, an ancient Chinese tradition, is a noncompetitive martial art known for both its defense techniques and its health benefits.

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Tai chi (tie chee) comprises gentle physical exercises and stretching with mindfulness, and has been shown to improve balance control, fitness and flexibility, and to increase energy, endurance and agility. Originating in China, it has evolved over centuries to become a means of alleviating stress and anxiety. Continue reading “Do you Tai Chi?”

Let’s go crabbing…

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Mrs. A crabbing off the dock in Buck Hall Recreation Area in the Francis Marion National Forest, McClennanville, South Carolina

“Next to going to church, crabbing is a very important activity for me,” said a warm and friendly woman I met last week in South Carolina. In my excitement of the day, I forgot to get this woman’s name, so I’ll call her Mrs. A.

Recreational crabbing is not physically demanding nor very expensive. A trap or pot, with or without a float depending on your location and/or state requirements, costs from under $10 up to hundreds. You’ll also need bait. Continue reading “Let’s go crabbing…”

Do You Know Your Blood Pressure Numbers?

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Normal blood pressure is less than 120/80 per WebMD

Most of us know that high blood pressure is a common condition that if untreated may eventually cause health conditions such as heart disease (Mayo Clinic), but how many of us know the following:

High Blood pressure is one of the factors which can increase the risk of Dementia, per study published in The Lancet, July 19, 2017.

Continue reading “Do You Know Your Blood Pressure Numbers?”

An hour or two at the lake

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Pedal boating, Como Lake, St. Paul, MN

A gentle breeze blows over the rippling water redirecting its flow ever so slightly – west to east, north to south, and vice versa.

On the lake are boaters, canoeists, kayakers, and standup paddleboarders gliding along at their own speed sharing the water with ducks, fish and algae.

Fishers nonchalantly cast their lines from the wooden pier without regard as to catch or not, while onlookers gaze from the shore at the greenish water or at the blue sky above. Continue reading “An hour or two at the lake”

Enjoying a Bike Ride

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Shared by a friend in China who regularly rides with a group

While camping at a state park recently, my husband and I met a couple from Canada who went bike riding in the mornings and kayaking in the afternoons. So captivated we were by this couple, who were no younger than us, that upon our return home, we decided that bike riding would become part of our lifestyle. Continue reading “Enjoying a Bike Ride”

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