Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Benefits of Pilates

"I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They'd be happier." -- Joseph Hubertus Pilates, in 1965, age 86.

Runner or golfer, tennis player or new mom, chances are you've heard someone talking about the benefits of Pilates. Many types of people, at many levels of fitness, who have begun doing Pilates exercises say they've seen improvements in range of motion, flexibility, circulation, posture, and abdominal strength -- and decreases in back, neck and joint pain.

Forty years after his death, the system of exercises developed by Joseph Pilates has never been in such demand. But can the benefits of Pilates (puh-LAH-teez), the system of strengthening and stretching exercises designed to develop the body's core, mobilize the spine and build flexibility, really be that far-reaching?


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Zumba Dance


Sunday, March 28, 2010

Maureen McCormick quote on Pilates

we did Pilates for the first time in my life - it's better than sex! I felt like I was massaged for a full hour on the Pilates machine! Fantastic work out!


Thursday, March 11, 2010

What causes aging?

The environment continually ages our bodies through oxidation or other internal processes. What is oxidation? Like the rusting of your house's foundation or pillars, it is a natural process and a byproduct of your body functioning properly. But when too much oxidation occurs, it puts you at a higher risk of aging-or rusting-your body. This is why so many foods that are good for us contain antioxidants, which slow the oxidation process. We don't know for sure if the antioxidant property of these foods is responsible for the health benefits you get from eating them, but it's likely a contributor


Thursday, March 04, 2010

Split Routine

Design a split routine -- You don't necessarily need to work every major muscle group in each workout. One day, work only your upper body for 20 minutes and then finish with 10 minutes of cardio. The next workout, do lower body and finish with 10-15 minutes of cardio.


Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Exercise Myth

Stay Skinny With Diet Alone

You can lose weight simply by cutting back on calories. But combining exercise with diet will help you lose weight more quickly. More importantly, it will help you keep the pounds off permanently. The majority of participants in the National Weight Control Registry (a survey of thousands of people who have lost a significant amount of weight and kept it off for years) report that a consistent exercise program is one of their key weight maintenance strategies.


Sunday, February 21, 2010

Zumba for Teenagers

Starting in the summer of 2010, I will be offering Zumba targeted for the teenagers, ages 14-18. Please have your teenager sign up and avoid adolescent obesity. Times and dates to be announced.