Improves the ability to fall asleep quickly and sleep well.
Counters anxiety and depression and increases enthusiasm and optimism.
Increases muscle strength, giving greater capacity for other physical
Provides a way to share an activity with family and friends.
Good for the heart.
Exercise can be dangerous
You can suffer from straining and over working muscles and tendons. Prevention
is very important. Your doctor can best advise you before starting any
Warming up 2 - 4 minutes
The purpose of a warm-up is to
get your cardiovascular system and your muscles ready for your chosen
activity. It improves performance, helps you get mentally prepared and
is a great step towards injury prevention. A common traditional way of
warming up is to use a skipping rope. I suggest starting with some simple
slow swinging/twirling with your POI set/staff. Try to keep action very
smooth. Jumping up and down as you do this will also help to get the blood
racing around your body.
It is amazing how much more flexible
you will become in your hands,arms and shoulders from doing swinging and
twirling. You should however not forget other parts of your body and remember
to stretch legs, torso and head/neck muscles.
Make sure you are warmed up before
stretching. Stretching your muscles before they are warmed up may result
in injury. Never bounce whilst stretching; make only slow, steady movements.
Hold stretches for 20 seconds and repeat. Also stretch other sides.