My warm up has, since I qualified, always comprised of pulse raising - at least 3-6 mins of 'fast(ish)' walking, swings, sways and co-ordination followed by a posture check, shoulder mobilisation then ankle mobilisation. Later in the class we do knee and hip mobilisation, balance, shoulders and trunk work. Nice to know I have been doing it right!
New music, new movements and clean clubs!
It is great to see everyone again and to get back to getting the body active.
Classes resume the second week of January:
We are delighted to be part to the Hertfordshire Year of Physical Activity and look forward to a year of fun and fitness!
The schools have broken up, offices have closed and people are doing their last minute shopping for gifts, fruit and vegtables, bread and milk with long sell by dates!
Thank you all for clicking into my web site and very special thanks to all of my class participants for their support, friendship, smiles and singing voices! I look forward to catching up with you all in 2018.
Wishing you a
Very Merry Christmas
Happy New Year
It is cold outside and it is beginning to get dark.
You are all snuggled in your lounge wear with a warm mug of tea and several dunking biscuits.
You SHOULD get up and go for a brisk walk before the street lights come on or get in the car to drive to the gym before the football finishes and it is swamped by the football fans working off their half time refreshments.
You could go into the garden and tidy up a corner or put away your summer clothes that have been lying on the spare bed.
You could rotate your shoes so you winter footwear is within easy reach...checking the wellingtons are still OK.
You mind wanders to anti freeze for the car and where you put the super efficient ice scraper.
BUT you don't...today is your day to rest your brain, to indulge in bottomless mugs of tea and watch the darkness slink in and the street lights and house lights practice their Christmas sparkle. You allow yourself to be entertained by the sports channel, a fair price for watching Strictly in peace and quiet.
Don't feel guilty as when you wake up you will have all day to be active and get all of those jobs done and before you know it Monday morning will be knocking at the door and your week will start all over again.
Enjoy your day and if it includes a few hours doing nothing then that is fine as we all need time to recharge our batteries.
I have not posted for a while, I have been busy with 'stuff'...you know the sort of stuff that keeps people busy and probably away from classes!
The evenings are darker and there are Christmas decorations in the shops. There are more leaves on the pavement than the trees and mince pies have been on the shelves for a few weeks, Before we know it Easter Eggs will be replacing Advent Calendars...but one thing remains the same...our classes. EXTENDers on Monday and Tuesday have been working on foot work, balance and coordination essential skills when fighting our way round the Christmas supermarket shoppers and Medau class has been working with balls, hoops and clubs - moving backwards, forward and diagonally.
Christmas comes but once a year, but thankfully we have classes every week!
Yesterday (21st October) was the Medau Annual Reunion and AGM.
It was a lovely day meeting up and catching up with friends from across the country. Nothing quite matches the feeling of reconnecting with people you have not danced with for many months. It is lovely to move about the room, throw balls, manipulate hoops, run and waltz across a vast space with people who share the same delights and creativity of movement.
So, what are these extraordinary fun things?
Bouncing a ball so hard it goes above your head and you have to stretch to catch it.
Feeling a ball lift from your hand and the satisfaction of it returning, gently, back into the palm of your hand.
Feeling your feet respond to the music, encouraging and teasing you to progress from a walk into a skip into a trot and then into a run!
Working by yourself then turning around and connecting, in the blink of an eye, with a partner, both of you combining a series of movements you have just learnt.
The personal thrill of performing to an audience. Being part of a team and seeing the hard work of hours of rehearsal come together in a 4 minute performance.
A great day was had by all and we are all looking forward to the next time we all get together.
Exercise With Tracy
EXTEND Exercise and Medau Movement teacher. Keeping the muscles working, the joints mobile and having fun!