CHEGS is currently running 45 Exercise, Stretch & Strengthen and Tai Chi classes in 15 centres in the Northern Rivers area. The classes are categorised as:
Incorporates warm-up, aerobic movements, strength and resistance training using free weights, (dumbbells, resistance bands etc), floor exercises followed by stretching and relaxation.
Includes gentle warm up, easy cardio, whole body strength and stretching exercises, balance and relaxation. A great way to improve fitness, muscle strength, balance and joint range of movement
Consists of a warm-up phase followed by walking and movement patterns for 20-30 minutes. The final segment is performed either on the floor on a mat or on a chair and consists of conditioning work and some slow stretching and relaxation. There is also an emphasis on strength and flexibility.
Includes easy warm-up, whole body strength and stretching exercises, balance and relaxation. A great way to improve muscle strength, balance and joint range of movement.
Qigong exercises are a large component of all our classes.
Qigong can be referred to as a mindful or meditation practice. The three main principles of Qigong practice are the concentration of body movements, the breath and the mind. Qigong has both a dynamic (Yang) and stillness (Yin) component.("The Art of Life", Simon Blow 2010)
Classes are ranked :
Beginner - the group has not yet completed a Tai Chi form and new people are welcome to join.
Intermediate 1 - the group has completed a modified Tai Chi form
Intermediate 2 - the group has completed Dr. Paul Lam's modified Sun and Yang styles
Advanced - the group is competent in the modified forms and has completed a full form
This is a free, exciting and friendly community based, seven week falls prevention program. It gives information on how to prevent falling, what causes falls in older people, and what changes they can make to reduce their risk of falling and remain active and independent. The program is currently run in Yamba, Maclean, Iluka, Evans Head, Casino, Lismore, Alstonville, Ballina, Byron Bay, Mullumbimby, Kyogle, Pottsville, Murwillumbah, Banora Point and Tweed Heads.