hat tip to HerewardMW for Indian club idea. My commenters are awesome!
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Good stuff! In my 40’s, I prefer stuff like this more than weight lifting. This sort of thing lubricates the joints and reduces/prevents inflammation and stiff joints. Adults don’t move nearly enough, and one commenter noted that we probably get illnesses from poor circulation of lymphatic fluids because we move so little. I also like the rebounder (mini trampoline) and bosu balls for leg/ankle conditioning and bouncing.
I’m taking wing chun and one problem I have is that I cannot put my arms togther in front of me in a double centerline punch. My back and shoulders are too stiff to do so, probably because of lots of sitting. I recently learned that to generate force in a punch, the bicep has to be relaxed and not antagonizing the triceps that is shooting out the punch. So much skill in sport is being able to relax one set of muscles and allow another set to contract without antagonism, hence the value of “being loose” in boxing. that’s what they mean by “being loose.” It’s also called muscle memory. Ideally, one should have “muscle memory” through a vast range of movements. The Indian clubs look that they would accomplish this.
I see exercising more for keeping a youthful body by moving the way a child would move, rather than heaving weights or grimly doing hour after hour of repetitive aerobic movements like an elliptical trainer (though the Jacob’s Ladder is supposed to be a pretty good machine, see on youtube).
The Indian clubs give you a dynamic strength too, which I find more useful than weight lifting strength. So give it a try!