Nia and Heart Health

In Nia, Relaxation Therapies by Debra Reis

We all know exercise is good heart health.  In addition, regular exercise helps you burn calories, lower your blood pressure and improve cholesterol.  People who don’t exercise are almost twice as likely to get heart disease as people who are active. The American Heart Association suggests 30 minutes of exercise a day, five days a week, to improve overall heart health. However, many of us find this a challenging goal.

For me, I tend to get bored with the same exercise program. This is one reason why Nia spoke to me as a fitness program. What is Nia? Well, Nia is both a cardiovascular and whole body conditioning practice that integrates 5 sensations of strength, flexibility, mobility, agility, and stability. This exercise empowers you to make movement choices with a body, mind, and spirit focus. Nia uses an approach called “The Body’s Way,” a method of using and listening to the body in accord with its specific design and structure allowing the practice to be adaptive to your unique needs. This practice can be gentle so if you are not currently active you will not feel threatened or overwhelmed, but it can also be challenging enough if you have an active lifestyle. Nia uses an exercise approach based in 3 art forms: Martial arts like Tai Chi, the Dance arts such as jazz and the Healing arts like yoga. The variety of movement forms will allow you greater creativity and individual expression.

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