Incorporating strength training into daily life can make a difference in how bone is built and maintained. People who are sedentary, either because of work or by choice, will start losing muscle mass as early as age 25. Strength exercises and routines can combat this loss and help with movement and balance. Avoiding injury is key!!!
If you are recovering from an injury involving soft tissue damage, or when muscle imbalances occur, strength training is not recommended. Best to let the injury heal fully before launching into a rigorous exercise or strength training program. When there is a muscle imbalance (usually one side of the body has muscles that are overdeveloped/hypertonic), retraining of muscles, not a general strengthening, should be considered. Strength training will only tighten muscles that are already in a shortened and tight position.
Kids/teens: activities, not workouts, will help establish a preference for physical movement and develop muscles.
Late teens/20s: Mix high impact workouts with lower-impact activities for a varied routine that won’t over strain joints, ligaments or muscles.
30s and 40s: Maintain muscular strength and bone density without pushing hard in competitive sports and risking injury (healing takes longer). Incorporate workouts for balance and mobility, such as yoga, pilates or gyrotnics.
Late 40s/50s: Strength training 2-3 times/week, interval training, and stretching.
60+: body-weight or light resistance strength workouts, low impact aerobics.
(Source: "Strength for Life," Spring 2015 Natural Choices Magazine)
A very basic but fundamental concept of Chinese medicine is the relationship between Yin and Yang, two opposing but complementary forces of the universe. Nature (including us humans) express this relationship. Day (yang) becomes night (yin), seasons change, and the cycle (and circle) continues throughout our lifetimes. There is a point at which something has reached ultimate yin or yang, and then it transforms into something else -- its opposite.
The only thing that's constant is change, yet we try desperately to hold on to what we know and love and feel comfortable with. Every moment we are being transformed by what we experience on a physical, mental and emotional level. We go back and forth between states of yin and yang, darkness and light, illness and health, peace and suffering.
The goal of Chinese medicine is to balance the disharmony that is taking place within a patient's body or mind and to bring about change and healing. A patient may experience a profound transformation during a 40-minute treatment, or it may take several months to experience subtle shifts. It is a process that is very different for every patient, and it may take more than one acupuncture session or a single course of herbs.
Transformation occurs all the time over the course of a life time. It never stops. Transformation is at the core of a Chinese medical practitioner's strategy. Which is why Chinese medicine can work for many conditions, at any stage of life.