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A Healthy Lifestyle is ‘Just Beyond That Hill’


David-Dorian Ross is a tai chi master, yet he’s also something of a storyteller, too.

He recalls the King Arthur legend of “The Fisher King” and how it relates to fitness later in life.

“At the end of the story, the hero -- who has spent his entire life searching for the castle where the Holy Grail is located and failed -- spends a night with a monk in a hut. The monk says, ‘But you know, my son, that the Grail castle is just beyond that hill. It’s right there.’”

David-Dorian, 64, says, “Our health, our happiness, our ability to get the most out of life doesn’t need to be a struggle -- decades chasing the Holy Grail. It’s right there. And we have so many people wanting to share this with you – it’s just that close.”

We believe in that message, too – especially since we’re some of the people here to help you on your journey to physical fitness, regardless of age.

And David-Dorian’s specialty of tai chi is one of the most accessible and powerful tools to bring healthy movement to anyone. More mature adults than ever have been able to practice virtually in the last year or so, after the pandemic brought endless online options.

‘Meditation in Motion’

The slow, gentle movements of tai chi (pronounced TIE CHEE) have been practiced in China for thousands of years, and today by millions of people around the world.

It has become somewhat trendy for medical and fitness providers who serve people over 50.

The ancient martial art is sometimes called “meditation in motion.” And remembering the steps and their sequence is good for brain health and focus.

Studies show tai chi helps people with arthritis and Parkinson’s disease, as well as stress management, muscle tone, lower blood pressure and other aspects of good health.

It’s also one of the best things we can do to improve our balance while standing still and also while moving. In other words, tai chi is great for preventing falls.

Help for Veterans

David-Dorian has been teaching tai chi since 1979, creating his own method called taijifit. He teaches and certifies other instructors at

He is also the national network manager of tai chi and yoga instructors for the Veterans Affairs Community Care Network -- providing free Tai Chi and Yoga classes to men and women who have served in the US armed forces. David-Dorian served in the Navy from 1975-1980.

Veterans can benefit from movement and community connection. Plus tai chi is a helpful treatment for PTSD, depression, chronic pain, suicidal thoughts and more. David-Dorian urges any veteran or a loved one to ask a VA provider for a local referral.

And we advise everyone who wants to move with more confidence and comfort to talk to us about tai chi. We can offer instruction or help you get started. This is still a great time to try something new like this at home without any risk.

Remember, the grail is just beyond the hill…

Beverly Brewer Karpinski, CPT
Functional Aging Specialist
Whole Body Wellness Coach
'Just Walking' Is Just the First Step


We’re often asked if just walking isn’t “good enough” for people over 50.

The short answer is: Nope. Sorry, but it’s not.

Walking IS a great first step – pun intended. So, if you’re thinking of starting an exercise program, then yes – get up and go for a walk. Or, if you’ve been walking more than normal during the last year because of business of the pandemic, then now is the time to take that next step. Strength training, for instance, can’t be ignored later in life.

First, here’s what’s so great about walking. It’s easy for most people, and you can do it anywhere, anytime, with no special equipment other than a good pair of shoes. You can even burn around 300 calories an hour – more if you increase the speed or add some hills to tax your glutes, hamstrings and calves a bit more, and that’s always a good thing. 

A consistent routine can lead to weight loss, up to 15 pounds a year for someone who is just starting out. So that’s a great start, but realize that for continued weight loss, like any other routine, you’ll have to increase the intensity or duration.

That might mean incorporating some intervals – jogging for 1 minute of every 5 or 10 minutes of walking, for example. Gradually increase the time you’re jogging. You might even add some light hand weights for a greater challenge. 

Walk at a brisk pace, so that a prolonged conversation is a challenge. That’s the pace needed to lead to improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol, etc. 

Walk right into see us so we can show you the next steps on your fitness journey to strength, stamina, agility – and living the life you want.

Favorite Beef Brisket

​It’s important to enjoy whole food protein sources like this Easy Beef Brisket in your fitness meal plan. In addition to being one of the most delicious dishes you’ll ever make, you may be surprised to find it is one of the easiest.

Don’t let the lengthy cook time deter you. It’s as simple as mixing up a marinade, letting it sit overnight, and then popping it in the oven to slow cook for half of the day. Make it on the weekend and enjoy the delightful aroma as it cooks.

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What you need
Servings: 12

1 Lemon
5 cloves Garlic
4 cups beef broth
1 cup coconut aminos
1 tablespoon liquid smoke
5 pounds beef brisket


1. Combine all of the ingredients, except the brisket, in a bowl. Mix well.

2. Place the brisket in a large roasting pan, fat side up. Cover with the marinade. Cover the roasting pan tightly with foil. Marinate in the fridge for 24–48 hours. Let those juices do their flavorful magic!

3. Roast at 300 ̊F for 4 hours, or 40 minutes per pound. Remove the foil after 4 hours, place under the high broil for a few minutes to lightly char the top. Transfer to a cutting board and slice. Put the slices back in the juices. Serve hot. Enjoy!

One serving equals: 310 calories, 9g fat, 321mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, and 47g protein 

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