How to Start Exercising and Stick to It

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You already know there are many great reasons to exercise—from improving energy, mood, sleep, and health to reducing anxiety, stress, and depression. And detailed exercise instructions and workout plans are just a click away. But if knowing how and why to exercise was enough, we’d all be in shape. Making exercise a habit takes more—you need the right mindset and a smart approach. Whatever your age or fitness level—even if you’ve never exercised a day in your life before—there are steps you can take to make exercise less intimidating and painful and more fun and instinctive.

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The Best Post-Yoga Recovery Tips For Both Your Mind & Body

Article Written by Danielle Cuccio | Found on MindBodyGreen

As a private yoga instructor dedicated to furthering my knowledge and teachings of the practice several times a week, it’s important to take the right steps for self-care and recovery to prevent injuries. Oftentimes, the constant moving and stretching with yoga takes a toll on my physical and mental limitations and can leave me feeling incredibly spent and exhausted. I need to be able to feel good and energized.

Here are a few techniques that have assisted my practice and helps the “yoga high” last well after savasana.


What Are the Benefits of Pilates Reformer Exercise?

BY  ANDREA CESPEDES | Featured on LiveStrong

You’d probably recognize the Pilates reformer even if you’ve never used one. It’s a hulking machine that consists of a sliding carriage rigged with springs, bars and straps. On this apparatus, you lie, kneel, stand and sit to create a balanced body and strong core — or “powerhouse,” as creator Joseph Pilates called it.

The reformer may look like another fitness fad, but it’s endured since the early 1900s, when Pilates first cobbled a version together for bedridden patients to exercise, despite their illnesses. The reformer kicks up the positives a […]

This Approach To Flexibility Will Turn You Into A Mindfulness Pro

Article by Jenn Pilatti | Found on MindBodyGreen

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be more physically flexible? To be able to slink across a room with athleticism and grace? Maybe you’d just like to move without the stiffness you can never quite stretch away.

The idea of flexibility often conjures up images of yogis and dancers. But what if I told you the type of mobility required to move with ease didn’t require long periods of uncomfortable, static stretching?

Increasing mobility is less about specific stretches and more about variation. When we change how we interact with […]

This Common Mistake Can Ruin Your Barre and Pilates Workouts

Article by Anthea Levi | Found on

If you’ve ever taken a barre or Pilates class, you know how tough the toning workouts can be. They’re famous for micro-movements that target many of the smaller muscles we don’t often use in our everyday lives. The payoff includes a lifted butt, lean legs, and strong arms—that is, if you’re doing the exercises correctly.

“I’ve met students taking five barre classes a week who still have weak glutes and hamstrings, and a very sore lower back,” says Julie Erickson, a Boston-based Pilates instructor. The reason? They’re tucking their pelvis.


Four Ways to Nourish Happiness with Mindful Eating

Article by Megrette Fletcher | Found on

Do you want to be happy? I know I want to be happy and I bet the person next to you wants to be happy, too. Everyone wants to be happy. The desire is part of our biology and hard-wired into our brain. But the reason why happiness arises is varied and complex. Many people think that you find happiness; however, happiness isn’t a thing, so it is never lost. Happiness is an experience, and the conditions for you to have the experience of happiness are surprisingly common. Here are four ways […]

5 Surprising Reasons To Do Pilates (They’re Not What You Think!)

Article by Cathy Piaseci | Found on MindBodyGreen

Pilates can make your body look lean and toned, but there is so much more to gain from a regular Pilates practice. Here are five surprising benefits from doing Pilates:


7 Exercises Guaranteed To Combat The Negative Effects Of Sitting All Day

Article by Harriett Griffy | Found on MindBodyGreen

By this point, the number of studies outlining the negative effects of sitting on our health are ubiquitous. We’ve scoured the internet for the best exercises to combat the hours of sitting, but said exercises and routines aren’t the only tools needed to help you sit strong—you can also practice various forms of specific exercise. Here are a few exercises to consider incorporating into your everyday movement.


Poor Fitness Linked to Weaker Brain Fiber, Higher Dementia Risk

Article Found on ScienceDaily

Scientists have more evidence that exercise improves brain health and could be a lifesaving ingredient that prevents Alzheimer’s disease.

In particular, a new study from UT Southwestern’s O’Donnell Brain Institute suggests that the lower the fitness level, the faster the deterioration of vital nerve fibers in the brain. This deterioration results in cognitive decline, including memory issues characteristic of dementia patients.


Massage Therapy’s Loving Role in Heart Health

Article by Leslie DeMatteo | Found on IntegrativeHealthcare

Heart Disease

Heart disease typically refers to conditions that impact the blood vessels such as coronary artery disease, heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias) and congenital heart defects that the patient is born with. Cardiovascular disease typically covers conditions such as blocked or clogged blood vessels, which can lead to chest pain (angina), heart attack or stroke.