All About Yoga
Did you know the practice of yoga can be traced back more than 5,000 years? Anyone who has practiced yoga knows there’s good reason why it’s lasted so long! Yogis enjoy plenty of physical and mental benefits from the practice, which focuses on strengthening the body and quieting the mind.
Whether you’re an experienced yogi, have never tried yoga, or are somewhere in between, you may be interested in learning more!
Fact #1: There are three main structures of yoga. The three main structures of yoga–exercise, breathing and meditation–all work together to create a strong and balanced mind and body. There’s a heavy emphasis on breathing in yoga, because a core concept of yoga is that breath is the source of life in the body.
Fact #2: There’s not just one type of yoga. Yoga comes in many forms! There are over a hundred variations of yoga, and while they are all rooted in the same concepts and beliefs there are considerable differences between the variations. When most people think of yoga they often think of Hatha yoga, but Tantra and Raja yoga are just as popular!
Fact #3: Improved flexibility isn’t the only physical benefit! You have probably heard that yoga will your flexibility, strength and balance, but did you know that many physicians recommend yoga to patients who suffer from arthritis, heart disease and other conditions?
Fact #4: The practice has been refined for thousands of years. The tradition of yoga has been passed down from student to teacher only through physical demonstration and oral communication for thousands of years. This means that the formal practice of yoga today has been refined over many years and is based solely on the experiences of an innumerable number of teachers and students.
Now that you know all about yoga, it’s time to practice. Residents at The Villages at Two Rivers are encouraged to check out our new state-of-the-art fitness center to practice a little yoga!
SOURCE: The American Yoga Association
5 Reasons The Villages at Two Rivers is Perfect for Active Adults
There’s no doubt that active adult communities – otherwise known as 55+ communities – have enjoyed a boom in popularity in recent years. It seems like everywhere you turn is a new active adult community! All of these choices can make the process of choosing a community seem daunting for some 55+ adults, and it may seem impossible to choose.
When faced with a wide variety of choices for active adult communities in Maryland, residents at The Villages at Two Rivers chose our beautiful community as a perfect fit. There are so many reasons why The Villages at Two Rivers is perfect for active adults, but here our five favorite reasons:
1. Ideal location.
Our community’s location in beautiful Odenton, Maryland is perfect for the active adult who wants to be centrally located, while being removed from the hustle and bustle of a large city. Boasting a short drive to historic Annapolis, as well as being in close proximity to Baltimore and Washington, D.C., our community allows residents to quickly access the best that Maryland has to offer. We’re also right down the street from Waugh Chapel Towne Centre, which has a wide array of restaurants, shops, grocery stores and other entertainment destinations, including a movie theatre.
2. Amenities galore.
The quality and quantity of amenities can be a key determining factor in why residents chose an active adult community, and at The Villages at Two Rivers, our amenities are an integral aspect of our community. Our active adult residents love our spacious clubhouse, indoor and outdoor pools, hard-court tennis courts, state-of-the-art fitness center, winding walking trails, and culinary center!
3. Beautiful new homes.
A community can be located in the perfect area and have all the amenities in the world, but at the end of the day, residents also want to come home to their dream house. At The Villages at Two Rivers our residents do just that! We’re proud to offer newly built homes from Classic Group, Ryan Homes and NVHomes.
4. Plenty of activities.
We’re called an “active adult community” instead of just “adult community” for good reason! At The Villages at Two Rivers there’s plenty to do to stay active and busy. From various activities within our community to all of the options in nearby towns and cities, you’ll never be bored when you’re a resident at The Villages at Two Rivers.
5. Sense of community.
Ask any of our residents and they’ll tell you–the bond among neighbors in The Villages at Two Rivers is truly something special! When you become a resident in our community, you don’t just buy a home–you become a part of a new family of neighbors who quickly turn into lifelong friends.
Two Keys to Aging Well
We’ll let you in on a little secret – there are two keys to aging well, and they’re easy to incorporate into your daily routine! In fact, they’re so simple that there’s no reason why you wouldn’t want to start making them a daily priority.
Good posture and daily walks!
We told you they were easy. As simple as they are, they can provide incredible benefits as one ages. A recent article from Next Avenue explains all the benefits of good posture and daily walks for active adults:
Strong muscles, dense bone, and improved balance.
When you walk with a brisk, sturdy gait, you increase and strengthen your hip muscles, build your bone density and improve your balance. Strong hips and bones and good balance are important as we age, because they can reduce the risk of falling.
Improve your posture now and reap the benefits later. Good posture can help reduce future dependence on walking-aid devices, such as walkers and canes.
Increased cardiovascular and pulmonary health.
It’s no secret that walking is incredibly beneficial for your cardiovascular and pulmonary systems! Walking can reduce the risk of lung disease and stroke, according to an article from natural health expert Mercola.
Less chronic pain.
According to the same article from Mercola, improved posture can also lessen the effects of chronic pain.
Improved mental health.
It’s not only your physical health that can improve with daily walks – walking can be beneficial for your mental health, too! Daily walks give you an opportunity to clear your mind and reduce stress, and like other forms of exercise, has a positive impact on your overall well-being.
Convinced that daily walks and improved posture are the keys to aging well? Now it’s time to start incorporating them into your daily schedule! A brisk daily walk of about 30 minutes should be sufficient, and taking your walk around the same time every day will help you stick to your schedule. For our residents at The Villages at Two Rivers, a daily walk is always more enjoyable when taking in the beauty of our neighborhoods and walking trails.
While you move, be sure to walk with a tucked pelvis – this is a great way to practice your posture. Another option for improving your posture is to take yoga classes.
5 Myths About Exercise
Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths about exercise that can cause people to work out ineffectively at best, and unsafely at worst. But not to fear – we’re here to bust some common exercise myths to help you work out smarter during your gym sessions!
Lifting weights makes women bulk up.
Many women may stay away from the free weights in a gym because they’re afraid that their muscles will get too bulky. However, this just isn’t true! Strength training is an excellent exercise option for women, and because women have large amounts of estrogen (as opposed to testosterone), it’s difficult for them to amass a lot of muscle bulk, even when they’re lifting weights.
Your weight is the only indicator of success.
This couldn’t be farther from the truth! There are plenty of reasons why the number on the scale shouldn’t be the only metric you’re paying attention to when you start a new exercise regime. For example, risk factors such as high blood sugar levels decrease after a few months of increased exercise – and those are numbers you’re not going to see on a scale.
If you exercise intensely, you won’t burn as much fat.
According to an article from CNN, the more you exercise, you burn a higher proportion of carbohydrates – but you’re still burning fat, too, contrary to popular belief. Low intensity workouts are a great option if you’re looking for a low-impact exercise, but you shouldn’t opt for low-intensity because you think you’ll burn more fat.
You should focus on improving individual body parts.
According to the CNN article, there’s not much point in doing a zillion crunches in an attempt to reshape your abs, or doing any exercise to target a specific body part for that matter. You should instead focus on all-over body workouts to decrease the layer of fat that rests on top of your muscles.
No pain, no gain.
Many people think that the only way to get an effective workout is by pushing yourself until it hurts, and this is possibly the most dangerous exercise myth. Feeling a level of discomfort is acceptable, but your workouts should never be painful – if they are, you’re putting yourself at an increased risk for injury or burnout.
Now that you’re equipped with exercise myth-busting knowledge, it’s time to take it to the gym and put it to use! For our residents at The Villages at Two Rivers, this means a state-of-the-art fitness and exercise center – not to mention our indoor and outdoor pools, four hard-court tennis courts and miles of walking, biking and hiking trails!
All About Farmers Markets
If you’re looking for a new weekend activity in the summer months, we have the perfect destination – your local farmers market! The summer months are peak harvest season for farmers, so there’s no better time to explore your local farmers market for fresh produce and more.
If you’ve never visited a farmers market before or are eager to learn more about them, read on to learn all about farmers markets!
There are a lot of benefits to buying from a farmers market.
If you’re asking yourself why you should visit your local farmers market instead of your usual grocery store, there are many reasons! First, local produce at farmers markets is likely more fresh than grocery store produce. When you buy from a farmers market, you also know exactly where your produce came from. Also, it offers the opportunity to support your local farmers and local businesses. An added bonus is walking around a farmers market offers an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful weather and get a little exercise.
Farmers markets offer more than produce.
Although most farmers markets offer plenty of produce options, many markets also offer much more. In addition to locally grown fruits and vegetables, you can also find cheese, bread, meat, coffee and other food products to buy, as well as snacks and meals you can enjoy while browsing the market. Many farmers markets also offer non-food related products, including flowers, art, jewelry and crafts.
Farmers markets are growing in popularity.
There are over 8,500 farmers markets currently registered in the USDA Farmers Market Directory, according to the Farmers Market Coalition. In any given area, you’re likely to find various options for farmers markets, and it’s not hard to see why they’ve become so popular!
To find farmers markets in your area, a quick Google search should pull up plenty of options. Alternatively, you can use the USDA’s National Farmers Market Directory here. Residents at The Villages at Two Rivers have plenty of local options for farmers markets, including the Piney Orchard Farmers Market and the Bowie Farmers Market. Or, residents can visit nearby Annapolis, Baltimore or Washington, D.C. to explore the farmers markets in those cities!
SOURCE: Farmers Market Coalition