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I really liked the Taichi session! I thought it was even better than yoga.
If time permits, I would like to sign up for a proper course. It was good exercise :)
Ms Yvonne Yoong, Teacher
- Beatty Sec
Very interesting & though Taichi is a slow impact exercise, it very strenuous.
Ms Jeerah, Teacher
- Beatty Sec
Very enlightening and attractive. Coaches gave clear instruction and well prepared.
Mr Sin Lai Keong, Teacher
- Beatty Sec
Thank you! Great Taichi session, I enjoy so much!
Monica Loh
- ICA
I had fun during the wushu program, and it was good exercise :)
Joy Fu, Student
- CHIJ St Nicholas Girls School
I had a lot of fun. You know I have never experienced something so picturetaking
There were so many moves of self-defense. Coaches are very nice. This rocks!
Harviran Singh, Student
- Northland Primary
Very interesting and a rare opportunity for me to take part. Thumbs up :)
Crystal, Student
- CHIJ St Nicholas Girls School
The main reason I keep coming for Taichi lesson is that I want to be healthy & fit.
Coach make us feel “Taichi"
Qing Wen, Student
- Hong Wen School
It is very good for beginners & the Coaches are very friendly & patient.
I want to learn more advanced Taichi.
Brian, Student
- Hong Wen School
I actually hated wushu but Coach Yip made me like wushu.
Brandon Oh, Student
- Princess Elizabeth Primary
I like learning new movements because it helps my body.
The coach is very good in Wushu, I would like to continue learning.
Jonathan, Student
- Princess Elizabeth Primary
I wish that Coach Yip will come here again to teach us and he is very friendly.
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- Princess Elizabeth Primary

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Vitamins & Minerals
Jane Tan, Senior Coach of NewAgeTaichi, Copyright 2009
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The body needs proteins, fats, carbohydrates and a number of minerals so as to stay fit and healthy. It was later discovered that these dietary components alone were not enough and small amounts of other materials were actually necessary to keep the body functioning properly.

These vital ingredients were known as vitamins and vitamins are divided into two types which is the water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins as described below.

Vitamins belong to a class of complex organic compounds which are found in small amounts in most of the foods. They are necessary for the optimal functioning of many different physiological processes in the human body. The activity levels of many of theses physiological processes are enhanced greatly during exercise, and sufficient bodily supply of vitamins must be available in order for these processes to function optimally.


Water-soluble

These vitamins cannot be stored in the body and need to be replaced regularly through our diet consist of those in the B complex and vitamin C.

Although water-soluble vitamin deficiencies are rare in developed countries, supplement may still be advised for certain individuals with special consideration. Taking for instance, women of childbearing age should consume 400 micrograms of folic acid daily so as to prevent the possibility of birth defects in the new born. Senior citizens should obtain sufficient vitamin B12 through fortified foods or vitamin supplement.

In most cases, water-soluble vitamins are not toxic when consume in excess. Nevertheless, excess niacin may interfere with proper liver function and that too much vitamin B6 has been related with neurological problems.

Fat-soluble

These vitamins are stored in the body and include vitamins A, D, E and K. Although most vitamins ought to be obtained from the food we consume, several may actually be produced in the body. For instance, vitamin A may be produced from dietary Beta-carotene, vitamin D from exposure to sunlight, and vitamin K from intestinal bacterial activity.

In most developed countries, fat-soluble vitamin deficiencies are quite rare, hence supplementation is not usually recommended, with the exception for vitamin D in the senior population who has very limited exposure to sunshine. Research has shown that supplementation with fat-soluble vitamins has not been proven to enhance sports performance.


Keywords

Vitamins, minerals supplements, sports performance

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