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ClaSSeS Community HealtH Which Fitness Class Do You Want to Join? Go online to parrishhealthand or call 321-268-6200 for a current class schedule at Parrish Health & Fitness Center. aging with Strength You can choose to stay steady and self-confident through the years with fun fitness classes John and Jan Craig practice tai chi in a beautiful outdoor setting at Parrish Health & Fitness Center. S trength comes in all shapes, sizes and levels. Strength comes in numbers. Strength comes with age. Yes, you read that right. Let us explain how. Senior Martial artS Tai chi, which originated in China, is commonly referred to as a gentle martial art. Initially, tai chi was practiced as a fighting form, emphasizing strength, balance, flexibility and speed. Through time it has evolved into a soft, slow and gentle form of exercise that can be practiced by people of all ages. “In China, tai chi is most popular among the seniors, around ages 50 and older, especially after they retire,” explains 44-year-old Danni Triandafils. Triandafils was born and raised in China, and moved to America when she was 30. A graduate of a medical school 50 S PrinG 2 013 in China, she practices acupuncture in Titusville. She also teaches tai chi at Parrish Health & Fitness Center. “My grandpa was the first one I remember seeing practice tai chi,” Triandafils recalls. “He would get up at 5 a.m. and practice tai chi before work.” In China, tai chi is practiced mostly in community parks, Triandafils explains. Part of its popularity is convenience. “You don’t need any special clothes or space,” she says. “Just comfortable shoes and not much space. In tai chi, the emphasis is balance—balancing the quiet, calm aspects with the loud, fast aspects.” This is commonly referred to as yin yang. Jan’S Story: taking Control Jan Craig explains that the closer she and her husband, John, got to retirement, the stronger their desire for wellness grew. Their first step was to quit smoking, which they did in 2011.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Vim & Vigor - Spring 2013 - Parrish Medical Center

Vim & Vigor - Spring 2013 - Parrish Medical Center
Tasty Tips
Opening Thoughts
Community Calendar
Your Bridge to Healthcare
A Night of Haunted Elegance
You’re the Star
Lighten Up!
Have No Fear
Work It!
Diane Keaton
What Are the Chances?
9 Symptoms Never to Ignore
When Allergies Attack
Virtual Health
Learning to Be Healthy
Community Health
Business Black Belts
Foundation Focus
Ask the Expert

Vim & Vigor - Spring 2013 - Parrish Medical Center