Should You Exercise With an Injury?

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Article by Paige Waehner | Found on VeryWell

If you’re an exerciser, it will probably happen to you; that morning when you start your jog and feel a sharp pain in your knee, or you bend down to pick up that weight and end up pulling a muscle you didn’t even know you had.

As much as we try to avoid injury, it will happen to most of us, but that doesn’t mean you’re doomed to ride the couch while your injury heals.

With a little planning and common sense, you can still keep up some kind of routine as your injury heals. Your first step is, of course, is to see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment and you’ll want to talk to the doctor about how you can stay moving without making things worse. Continue reading Should You Exercise With an Injury?

Here Are the Health Benefits of Pilates

Article by Markham Heid | Found on Time

People who dance are easy to spot, even offstage. “They’re very aware of their body’s position in space, and they move almost like cats,” says Marie-Louise Bird, a Pilates researcher and post-doctoral research fellow at the University of British Columbia. “But most of us are more like puppy dogs, moving without much attention paid to our posture.”

Luckily, the puppy dogs among us don’t have to go to dance school to get better body awareness. They can just do Pilates.

Ever since Joseph Pilates founded his studio in New York City about […]

These Are The Seriously Overlooked Benefits Of Working Out

Article by Shauna Harrison | Found on MindBodyGreen

Getting in shape has become virtually synonymous with “carve the body into a given physical ideal.” We glorify the six-pack, celebrate the bikini body, and are on this hamster wheel chasing aesthetic greatness. Having been part of the fitness industry for 22 years, I am well aware that, from a marketing standpoint, the six-packs, bikini bodies, and booty-lifting appeal affect people’s desires, in terms of imagery as much as verbiage.

I do think that as an industry, though, we have a responsibility to direct the conversation and tell the whole story. Yes, […]

Here’s What Mindfulness Is (and Isn’t) Good For

Article by Daniel Goleman |  Featured on HBR

While mindfulness doesn’t necessarily work the way the hype proclaims, there are some things that a good mindfulness practice can really help with. By better understanding when mindfulness is the right approach, HR and training programs can better enhance both leader performance and employee wellbeing.

The tricky thing about trying to interpret research about mindfulness is that many studies that claim great things for mindfulness are less rigorous than others, even though they may be peer reviewed. Many have poor controls — or, as in one case, the test group may be properly compared to a group […]

Yoga and Meditation Can Change Your Genes, Study Says

Article by Amanda MacMillan | Found on Time

Yoga and meditation may do more than just help you feel relaxed in the moment. A new scientific review suggests that these and other mindfulness exercises can actually reverse stress-related changes in genes linked to poor health and depression.

In the new paper, published in Frontiers in Immunology, British researchers analyzed the findings from 18 previously published studies—involving a total of 846 people—on the biological effects of meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, Qi gong and Tai Chi. Together, the authors say, the studies show that these mind-body exercises appear to suppress the expression of genes […]

Do Massages Have Real Health Benefits?

Article Found on Time

Go looking for proof that a massage will improve your health, and you’ll have no trouble finding research to back you up. From easing muscle soreness after exercise to reducing stress, dozens of studies—stretching back several decades—have linked massage with real physical and psychological benefits.

One Australian study found that a 10-minute muscle massage after a workout could reduce soreness by 30%. A separate review study on massage found that levels of the stress hormone cortisol dropped 31% following a rubdown, while levels of feel-good hormones like dopamine and serotonin increased roughly 30%.

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If Your Genes Put You at Risk of Heart Disease, Exercise Might be Able to Help

Article by Claire Maldarelli | Found on Popsci

We’ve all been told that exercise is really good for us. Health professionals and fitness enthusiasts preach the benefits that physical activity has on one’s well-being, particularly their cardiovascular health. And we have some solid scientific evidence to back that up. But while we know exercise is generally good for heart health, we know less about how specific subsets of the population—particularly those at higher than average risk for cardiovascular disease—can benefit from the practice. Regular endurance exercise is thought to help protect folks who carry genes that put them at risk for heart trouble, but […]

The Benefits of Deep Breathing in Pilates Exercise

Article by Marguerite Ogle | Found on VeryWell

Deep breathing is an essential part of Pilates exercise. And not just a big inhale, but also when you make a conscious effort to exhale fully, getting rid of every bit of stale air and allowing fresh, invigorating air to rush in. Joseph Pilates was adamant about deep breathing. Consider this quote from his book Return to Life Through Contrology: “Lazy breathing converts the lungs, literally and figuratively speaking, into a cemetery for the deposition of diseased, dying and dead germs as well as supplying an ideal haven for the multiplication of other harmful germs.” Is […]

Do You Need a Recovery Period After Pilates?

Article Found on HealthyLiving

If you regularly weight train, you know that you need about 48 hours between workouts for your muscles to recover and repair. Pilates, a mind-body exercise system that focuses on the core musculature of the trunk, is different, however. Although it offers moderate resistance training, you can do Pilates training daily, without leaving a recovery period.

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Should You Eat Before You Work Out? A Fasting & Fitness Expert Explains

Article by Max Lowery | Found on MindBodyGreen

When you’re trying to decide whether or not to eat before a workout, you’ll encounter a host of conflicting information. Some people say yes, eating before a workout can give you more energy, and others say no, it’ll slow you down. Here’s why I tell my clients to practice fasted exercise for the sake of their metabolism and fat-burning potential.

For starters, studies demonstrate that aerobic exercise performed in a fasted state as compared to a non-fasted state increases the reliance on fat—and subsequently reduces the reliance on carbohydrate—as fuel during exercise. […]