Boxing Improves Reflexes & Fitness

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Going to a gym, which has a variety of classes and varied time-slots is a bonus. When I saw boxing on the schedule, I raced over, slipped on my boxing gloves and was ready to defend myself. But no, it wasn’t that kind of boxing. It was hand-eye co-ordination, reflex and fitness building. Our boxing instructor, Julie, from Fit Ritual Coaching and Nutrition is a multi-skilled trainer. She worked on our boxing stances and three-hand boxing positions – straight, hook and upper cut – using right and left hands, while swivelling your waist for balance. I still think with all this fitness, reflex and boxing techniques I could surprise someone… or myself.

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The video of hand-boxing positions included in our fitness routine.

The videos of foot-boxing stances to keep you balanced during our fitness routines.


Julie working with another boxer on technique.


Julie helping another student with technique, while the…

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Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge No. 53 – MIST & SHAPE

🎃Word Craft: Prose & Poetry🎃


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Congratulations! This is the beginning of our second year of writing amazing poetry. To keep things interesting, I’ve added a few new poetry forms. Have fun and remember the key to writing these poetry forms is to follow the rules, count syllables, and count the lines. ❤

Please note:
We are all students of poetry. I have given you the instructions on how to write the different forms. Try your best to be as exact as you can. There are no tests, and I don’t grade your work. LOL!

The biggest change you will learn about is in writing a Haiku vs. a Senryu. Also, remember, pronunciation in different parts of the world will affect your syllable count. Go with your gut on determining the syllable count. You are the poet and the creator of your own work.

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Forward Thinking – Planning A Healthy And Happy Future

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We’re all focused on the future, aren’t we? After all, we want to ensure that we can enjoy a happy future and one that is full of good health. Sitting around just waiting for the future to come can’t guarantee a happy and healthy future, but setting in place some good foundations now can help put one in place for you.

Ready to start planning for the future? Here are some things you need to do to plan ahead for a very healthy and happy future!

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Make Healthy Food Choices

A healthy diet is one of the most important things in our lives. Choosing low-calorie food options that are high in nutrients ensures our mind and body get all of the right vitamins and minerals that they require to grow and develop correctly. Plus, it means you will be getting plenty of essential nutrients that can help the body…

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20th Century Women (2016)

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Starring: Annette Benning, Lucas Jade Zumann, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup

Director: Mike Mills

Southern California in 1979, Jamie (Zumann) is a teenager whose mother (Benning) becomes worried about him not having a father influence, and enlists his best friend (Fanning), their cancer recovering artist lodger (Gerwig) to help him understand life. Along for the ride is their ex-hippy housemate William (Crudup).

I remember reading somewhere that this film has a somewhat biographical basis, but I can’t seem to find where I read it, so that may not be true. But this film has a very real, down to earth feel to it, and a sense of warmth and humour that I really loved. Each character is explored and created so well in this film that you fall in love with all of them. They’re each struggling to live authentic lives, to get it right, but like…

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