4 Ways to Deepen Your Concentration and Improve Your Focus

Original Article By yogajournal.com

Wrangle your attention span and increase productivity with these tips for improved concentration

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Why Pilates Was The One Thing That Finally Healed My Lifelong Injury

Original Article By Erika Bloom

As a young dancer, I was dancing up to eight hours a day. I was determined and hardworking—fully dedicated to an art I loved.

The only problem? I had pain in my hip that was preventing me from lifting my left leg into a full extension. The pain became stiffness that gave me a limp when I walked, and the stiffness turned into loss of feeling in that leg. That was just the first in a series of injuries that forced me to take time off from dancing.

I decided to take math, physics, and anatomy classes […]

Yoga: Benefits, Intensity Level, and More

Original Article By WebMD

How It Works

Workout fads come and go, but virtually no other exercise program is as enduring as yoga. It’s been around for more than 5,000 years.

Yoga does more than burn calories and tone muscles. It’s

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Pilates helps 64-year-old with nerve pain; 'I can do more things now than I could in my 30s'

Original Article By Live Well Nebraska

Former dancer and gymnast Karen Kocourek has always kept a busy and active lifestyle.

When she retired as a pharmaceutical rep, she took up Zumba, to get a little bit of dance back in her life. She added weight lifting and machine work at the gym to her routine.

Her daughter Katrinka Stayton urged her mom to try Pilates last year. She thought

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Sue Hitzmann’s ‘Melt Method’ Could Reverse The Signs Of Aging And Alleviate Pain

Original Article By Rebecca Klein Huff/Post 50

At the age of 26, Sue Hitzmann had a bestselling fitness video, a cover on Muscle & Fitness Magazine and a hosting gig on ESPN’s Crunch TV -– in other words, her career as a fitness instructor was thriving, and she felt as though she had “made it.”

However, when Hitzmann woke up with a severe foot pain, her entire career was put at risk.

“It got to the point where my foot hurt 24 hours a day. The pain was so intense that it woke me up at night and exhausted me […]

Is Pilates Good Exercise for Seniors?

 

Original Article By Marguerite Ogle

Pilates is generally appropriate for senior fitness, and it is gaining popularity among senior citizens. The ability to modify exercises to meet differing needs, along with the many benefits of the Pilates method, such as increased levels of strength, balance, flexibility, muscle tone, stamina, and well-being, make Pilates an inviting senior exercise program. After all, Joseph Pilates practiced his method into his eighties.

Classes for Seniors

It is possible to learn Pilates from online instruction, videos, and books. However, I recommend starting out in a group or private class with a certified Pilates instructor.

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Core conditioning — It's not just about abs

Original Article By Harvard Health Publishing

Many of us have wished for flatter stomachs, a goal that seems more frustrating and elusive the older we get. You might have been tempted by infomercials for exercise devices or breathless magazine articles promising “flat abs” and tighter tummies “in just days.” Despite the hype, spot exercising abdominal muscles won’t get rid of fat. The only way to do that is to expend more calories than you take in. Working these muscles has its place, but the smart money these days is on strengthening a variety of trunk muscles, collectively known as […]

Why Pilates Is the Missing Link in Your Fitness Regimen

Original Article By Cassie Shortsleeve

It’s time to stop scoffing at Pilates. While the workout Opens a New Window. —which focuses on building core strength Opens a New Window. , mobility, flexibility, and strength Opens a New Window. —seems to be primarily loved by women, it was actually created by a man—a German bodybuilder at that. And today some of the fittest men on the planet (i.e. Navy SEALs) turn to the discipline to counteract their weaknesses and become more well-rounded athletes.

“When you’re out on a site somewhere, you can’t just pop into the gym and get your […]

Hearts Get 'Younger,' Even At Middle Age, With Exercise

By Patti Neighmond | Featured on NPR

Eventually it happens to everyone. As we age, even if we’re healthy, the heart becomes less flexible, more stiff and just isn’t as efficient in processing oxygen as it used to be. In most people the first signs show up in the 50s or early 60s. And among people who don’t exercise, the underlying changes can start even sooner.

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3 Ways to Make Your Exercise Habit Stick

Article by Paige Waehner | Found on VeryWellFit

When it comes to exercise, one thing we often focus on is motivation. As in getting motivated to do it and staying motivated enough to continue doing it. Most of us may think motivation is the first thing we need to make exercise a regular habit, but that isn’t necessarily the case.

Ask any exerciser if they’re really motivated to get up at 5 am to go to the gym and they’ll probably say no. Does anyone really feel like exercising first thing in the morning? Not likely. The truth is that motivation isn’t the first thing that gets […]