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Parkour your new workout for 2013
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Parkour athletes jump, climb their way to fitness
BY ANNE STOKES
arkour, the innovative trend that’s igniting the fitness world, gives practitioners a new perspective on getting in shape without the equipment, rules and competition inherent in other forms of athleticism. “Parkour is kind of what I call ‘professional playground playing,’” explained instructor Corey Romines. “It’s functional fitness, too. You can do this anywhere, even on a park bench, handicap rails or walls, anything. Literally the world is your playground.” He said parkour has three different genres of exercise: running, climbing and jumping. Romines has been a traceur (as Parkour practitioners are called) for four and a half years in addition to having a martial arts background. He recently opened Rocklin’s Free Flow Academy of Hybrid Arts to introduce others to the sport safely. “I wanted to open this place up because there’s a lot of crazy videos out there that make parkour seem like it’s a crazy stunt thing,” he said. “And it’s not.” Traceuse Emerald Barkley of Rocklin agrees. “I would say that it’s just as disciplined as martial arts,” she said. “You need to put a lot of hours into basics and understanding how movement works in
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Parkour instructor Corey Romines and a few of his students at the newly opened Free Flow Academy gym in Rocklin.
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order to do it properly. You can do anything poorly and flashy, but to really get good at something and to really understand your own movement is going to take a lot of time and discipline.” Traceur and instructor Alan Connealy of APEX Movement gym in Concord explained that there is more to parkour than merely a creative form of fitness. “It incorporates critical thinking, constant challenge and natural movements,” he said. “Parkour is about overcoming obstacles; physical, mental and emotional (and) helps to create an understanding of one’s self.” Parkour’s roots lie in George Herbert’s “Natural
Method,” developed in the early 1900s, which advocated an obstacle course-style of physical training . The methods of Herbert, a French naval officer, became the basis of French military physical education, referred to as “parcour de combatants.” From that influence, French martial artist David Belle developed what is now known as parkour, shortening the name and taking the art of movement from the streets of suburban Paris to the silver screens of Hollywood. One of the most recognizable instances was the opening chase sequence in the James Bond movie “Casino Royale,” featuring parkour legend Sebastian Foucan. But despite the seemingly insane acrobatic stunts, as well as the proliferation of self-styled traceurs online, there is a method to such seeming madness. “Parkour can be dangerous if not practiced smart,” Connealy said. “Utilizing proper progres-
sion and allowing someone to understand their abilities is key to preventing injury. Using proper technique is also important in order to save the traceur’s body. We don’t recommend jumping off of rooftops, but with all the YouTube videos out there, it is bound to happen.” Despite her martial arts background, gym coowner and traceuse Elle Beyer had to start with baby steps the first time she tried it — litterally. She was just two months out after having her fourth child. “It’s basically progressions, just breaking it down,” she explained. “My first day learning parkour, they had me just climb up a little 3-foot wall on my own. And so I did that 20 times before I was winded and I was done for the day. That’s where I started — everyone has to start somewhere.” Fellow mom and traceuse since August, Michelle Bertrand of Roseville started practicing parkour to keep up with her four kids. Although she admits that her kids, ages 8, 7 and a pair of 5-year-old twins, still bounce off the walls at home, “now it’s a little more controlled and intentional, versus just climbing walls and jumping over my couch. We come here and play tag and play chase. It’s a great way to keep in shape and keep up with them. It’s something our whole family has started loving together.”
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Jared Huber of Roseville, 11, a member of the Free Flow Academy Demo Team, leaps over obstacles during a workout at the Rocklin gym.
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ur eyes, they say, are windows to the world and the most dominant of our senses. Most of our learning, perception, understanding and activities are processed through our eyes. That’s why, when we have vision problems, we need to visit an optometrist who is licensed to provide primary eye care services or an ophthalmologist, a medical doctor who specializes in eye and vision care. Often, glasses or surgery are the answer to correcting vision, but not always. When children or adults experience problems such as lazy eye,
crossed eyes, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or vision problems due to a stroke or brain trauma, they should consider seeing a specialist in vision therapy. “A certain percentage of patients have issues that glasses can’t fix,” said Dr. Leanne Liddicoat, O.D. of ClearVue Eye Care in Roseville. Roughly 50 percent of patients have eyes that don’t work together and 50 percent have visual processing difficulties, she said. About 10-20 percent of people — both adults and children — have headaches, tired eyes, trouble staying on a line when reading, eye strain
from using a computer and reading comprehension problems. “They might be really smart, but when it comes to reading and writing, they have a hard time,” Liddicoat said. “Little pieces of the puzzle are missing; their two eyes aren’t working together.” Liddicoat tells of 8year-old Sara (not her real name), who was having problems in school. “In conversation, I was amazed at her intellectual capacity, but she was not keeping up with her school work and the teacher said she was not copying things down from the board.” Sara had been diagnosed with ADHD and given medication, but
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after a few months, her mother said it wasn’t working. Some of the behaviors of ADHD are the same as convergence deficiency, where the eyes don’t work together, Liddicoat said. “I did diagnostic tests and found out Sara didn’t have ADHD, and that completely changed her home life,” Liddicoat said. Instead of medication, Sara was treated with vision therapy, a series of procedures that re-teach the brain. According to Liddicoat, vision therapy begins with extensive tests, some of which are similar to those done during routine eye exams. When a visual problem is suspected, testing is expanded to try to uncover the underlying causes and to determine whether vision therapy might be helpful. These types of exams and procedures are done at the Visual Skills Clinic, which is part of ClearVue Eye Care in Roseville. “During therapy a wide variety of tools and approaches are employed depending on the specific need and customized patient plan. These can
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include the use of special therapeutic lenses and prisms, occluders or patches, specialized games, cards and other activities, computer software and hardware, physical challenges and biofeedback devices,” Leanne Liddicoat Liddicoat said. “The therapy is performed and overseen by optometrists who have received additional, indepth training and have been certified by the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD).” Vision therapists teach patients that they have control of what they see. They teach them how to move their eyes so they
see one thing and it’s clear. They also teach the brain to remember and understand what they see, Liddicoat said. They work on eye-hand coordination and balance, helping patients understand “where am I and where is everything else.” Liddicoat also works with stroke patients at Sutter Hospital, Roseville and recently spoke to the Stroke Recovery Group. Liddicoat received her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Davis and her doctorate in Optometry at the University of California, Berkeley. In October, she earned her F.C.O.V.D. credential indicating fellowship in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. She believes it’s important for parents who take children to an eye exam to look at different parts of the eye-care puzzle. “They can go to an optometrist for glasses, an ophthalmologist for medical needs and a developmental optometrist for vision therapy,” Liddicoat said. “It’s a very specialized area.”
Juicing cleanses, rejuvenates the body
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BY AMANDA CALZADA
Eating from a half-gallon of vanilla ice cream on the couch while watching “Forks over Knives” on Sept. 18, 2011, Rick Nieto had an “awakening” that not only changed his life, but also those of others. “I had a food awakening,” said Nieto, a Food Awakening health coach in Lincoln who now consults people all over the nation about juicing, an effective means of consuming the recommended daily values of vegetables’ and fruits’ nutrients at a faster rate and more completely. The changes, he said, are not a diet, but rather a lifestyle. “It would be very hard, even for the hardiest vegetable lover, to physically
eat the amount of vegetables you receive in a 10- to 20-ounce glass of juice,” said Nieto, who drinks 10 to 16 ounces of the Green Detox juice daily with his wife. The recipe took Nieto a year to perfect. Sharon Reed, also a Food Awakening health coach, agrees that juicing allows people to attain the daily allowances of vegetables without making it a “part-time job.” Juicing removes the pulp to facilitate digestion at a faster rate in cellular structures. While the pulp is a source of fiber, those
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who drink between 10 and 20 ounces of green juice can depend on the daily meals to supply the body with fiber. Part of a liquid fast entails depriving the body of fiber so that it can flush out stored toxins, Nieto said. “Try running your car on watered-down gasoline,” he explained. “Green juice is pure highoctane gas tuned to run our bodies in peak performance.” Some of the first side effects he noted from the juicing routine include less sleepiness, enthusiasm to start their day and mental clarity. Nieto said the best way to observe the benefits of juicing is to complete one of Food Awakening’s three- to seven-day 100 percent Juice Feast Challenge. “Besides a dramatic weight loss, I noticed a few other very awesome things: My skin cleared up dramatically,” said Aaron Zambrana in an online Food Awakening testimony. He was coached by Nieto on the six-week “Fast Track” program. For those new to juicing, Reed recommends to start with already familiar vegetables and fruits, then experiment with different combinations so the body is not overwhelmed with “strange” tastes at first. Those interested in a detox program like the Food Awakening’s Fast Track program should consult a physician before beginning any major dieting. People on blood thinners should especially consult a physician to attain healthiest results.
All ages can benefit from yoga
BY SENA CHRISTIAN
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1. Learn to be centered
We live in a rush, rush, rush world. An hour of yoga a day gives people a chance to be present in the moment and push all of life’s distractions aside, McKeown said. People don’t often allow themselves the chance to go to a quiet internal place to de-stress. Yoga benefits people of all ages by teaching methods for de-stressing and achieving calmness. Yoga is about connecting the mind and body as one.
group of local grandmothers and granddaughters enjoyed some special bonding time over the holidays by taking yoga together. This was the first time for many of the granddaughters, who were mostly children or in their teens, and were introduced to basic yoga poses and correct breathing techniques. But for the grandmothers, this was old-hat. Most of the women take yoga class multiple times a week at Anti-Gravity School of Dance in Roseville, as part of a senior yoga group with current members ages 67 to 92. For instructor Cindi McKeown, the special class helped young people see how yoga benefits people of all ages in these three different ways:
2. Achieve quality fitness
The physical part of yoga “is huge,” McKeown said. Yoga improves coordination, balance and strength. During the grandmother-granddaughter class, the instructor had the women — young and old —
maintain a squatting position. Yoga positions help keep the body agile, which becomes stiff and less flexible with age. “Most people in America can’t do this,” McKeown said. Lucy Rios, 82, CONTACT participates in pretty much all Cindi McKeown, the activities. Rios practiced (530) 305- has 6082. yoga for two decades and for the first time, she brought along daughter Trish Stolz and 7-yearold twin granddaughters, Rachel and Taylor. “This is a good thing for my mom to do,” Stolz said.
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Gabrielle Hall, 14, left, her grandmother Dottie Hall, sister Selena Hall, Beryl Lawrence and her granddaughter, Sarah Coghlan, 8, do a yoga pose at Anti-Gravity School of Dance.
maintain balance. “If you’re wobbly, stay with your focal point straight ahead,” she said. When Stolz threw her mom’s 80th birthday party, she invited several of the women in her yoga class to celebrate, including Helen Daley who’s 92 years old. She’s been doing yoga for 25 years. “I come here feeling like I’ve been shot out of a rocket and I leave calm as a breeze,” Daley said. “It’s kept me healthy. I don’t have any pain or anything. I’ve really enjoyed yoga. I intend to do it forever. Why not?”
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As a board certified Orthodontist in practice for 25 years, I have seen tremendous changes in the design, shape, size and color of traditional braces. However, with all the new developments in braces, I am most excited about Invisalign which can be the best choice for you and your family. Just what is Invisalign? Invisalign is a brand of clear removable aligners developed by Align Technology in 1998. Clear removable aligners have been used for decades as “retainers” at the end of “braces” to hold the teeth in their new position. Invisalign provides software and technology that allows a patient’s crooked and misplaced teeth to move in stages. Each stage is a new set of aligners. Typically patients are required to wear their aligners 22 hours a day removing them for meals and tooth brushing. The aligners are changed every 2 weeks with each set gradually moving your teeth into the prescribed place as planned by our Orthodontist. Is It As Effective As Braces? Absolutely! Invisalign, like braces, is just a tool to help us Orthodontists move teeth. The square metal braces glued to a patient’s teeth will not magically move those teeth into a beautiful smile without a diagnosis and treatment plan in place that has been set by an Orthodontic Specialist. Likewise, clear removable aligners will not magically move teeth without the experience of an Orthodontist who has expertise in Invisalign. An easy way to determine experience levels with Invisalign is to go to their website www.invisalign.com and type in your zip code. The providers with the most experience are at the Elite Level and are listed first. If you are interested in Invisalign for you and your family, this is a great way to make sure you are seeing a provider who has expertise with this type of tooth moving appliance. Doesn’t Invisalign Take Longer? Both braces and Invisalign require commitment from patients. If a patient is willing to cooperate 100 percent with their braces and 100 percent with their aligners, typically in our offices they will finish treatment in the same time frame. Uncooperative patients, such as those breaking
The hassle of storing holiday decorations, gearing up for a new year and shedding those Christmas cookie pounds bring on stress for many. In fact, stress seems to be as normal as cold weather in January. Yet the effects of stress do not abate, even when they are harmful to one’s health. Jennifer Maul, RN, knows that stress is responsible for many physical ailments. As a nurse, Maul sees that headaches, tense muscles, insomnia, mood swings and loss of focus are all related to a person’s stress level.
With those scary realities, don’t stress yourself out quite yet. Consider following some of these suggestions to cope: Exercise. With so many options these days, the possibilities are endless and excuses go right out the window. “Any form of exercise helps me deal with stress but especially yoga,” said Lincoln resident Amy Aceto. Stay organized. Juggling multiple responsibilities can be taxing. “To make me less stressed, I make lists. I have sticky note lists everywhere,” said Creekside Oaks teacher and mother of two, Lana Parr. “Plus crossing things off the list feels amazing.” Positive self-talk. Trish
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