Running - Start to Run
With progressive training, everybody is capable of running, whatever one's age or physical condition. Benefits are multiple, both physical - muscular strengthening, disease prevention, weight loss, positive effects on the cardiovascular and digestive systems - and psychological, the released endorphins bringing a sensation of pleasure, reducing anxiety and improving quality of sleep.
Less aggressive than jogging, Nordic walking is a complete sport. Practised outdoors, with walking poles, it makes the whole body work by strengthening various muscular groups and improving physical condition and endurance. This type of walking improves the energy flow throughout the body and favours oxygenation of the brain and body cells. It eases pressure, prevents osteoporosis and reduces the risks of falls and injuries.
Zumba mixes Latin dances (salsa, merengue or flamenco) with fitness movements in a sequence of choreographies. It uses many parts of the body and is a great cardiovascular workout. Zumba improves endurance and tone and above all reduces stress in a fun and exhilarating way!
Yoga is meditation in action. The mind focuses on posture and breath while physical tensions and psychological resistances give way to relaxation and introspection. The seated version allows yoga to be practiced everywhere, even at work!
Pilates is a recent technique aiming at improving muscular efficiency. Through a series of exercises, one learns to activate the weaker muscles and release the stiffer ones to restore a better balance of the muscular structure. More than 500 exercises combining breathing and movement are practiced on the floor or using specialized devices.The Pilates method corrects the posture, improves body strength, flexibility and coordination and eliminates stress through specific breathing techniques.
Tai chi chuan
T'ai chi ch'uan is a thousand-year-old discipline based on a fundamental model of balance stemming from the Chinese philosophy. Its positive impact on physical and mental well-being was demonstrated by numerous studies. T'ai chi ch'uan invites you to remove yourself from the "yang" mode (action, activity, word), most valued in our culture and at the origin of many disorders (stress, insomnia, muscular tensions, depression). By focusing the mind on the body and the breathing, T'ai chi ch'uan restores active and passive energy balance.