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 is crucial for people with arthritis. It increases strength and flexibility, reduces joint pain, and helps combat fatigue. Of course, when stiff and painful joints are nagging you and the thought of going for a walk or gentle swim seems overwhelming. But arthritis-friendly physical activity will help to improve the pain and function, lighten your mood improve and quality of life without making symptoms worse.
It is important know know your personal limitations, how far you can go and how far you can push yourself. It is very important to keep your joints moving, you will need to find the right balance between rest and exercise – too much activity may increase your pain but too little can make your joints stiffen up. Little and often is usually the best approach but it is important to remember that if you have rheumatoid arthritis and are experiencing an arthritis flare-up, you should take a break for a day or two while you focus on reducing pain and inflammation.
You should find an activity that is moderate or vigorous intensity but does not twist or "pound" your joints too much. Some people with arthritis can do vigorous activities such as running and manage some activities that are harder on the joints like basketball or tennis. What ever you choose you have to enjoy it and it has to be right for you.
It is important to remember that everyone is different and we all like different things and everyones arthritis is personal to them, one persons pain is not the same as someone else's but EXTEND and Medau might be what you are looking for!
A completely brilliant class today at the Southgate EXTEND class with ribbons and as one lady said 'I feel like a child again'!
Put a 5m gymnastic ribbon in someone's hands and they twirl, swirl and make huge circles. In an EXTEND class just add some music, create some patterns and ladies who thought they were too old to dance are dancing and working as a team.
I am sorry there are no 'action photos' of the ladies (I borrowed this one from my Medau class) but we were too busy having great time.
Age is no barrier to having fun and exercise.
Exercise With Tracy
EXTEND Exercise and Medau Movement teacher. Keeping the muscles working, the joints mobile and having fun!