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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Pilates Is Famous For Sculpting Lean Bodies, but It’s Actually the Ultimate Injury Rehab

Pilates Is Famous For Sculpting Lean Bodies, but It’s Actually the Ultimate Injury Rehab

Original Article By DOMINIQUE MICHELLE ASTORINO

When you’re injured, recovering from a trauma, or experiencing any kind of pain, your workout is usually the first thing to take a back seat. In most cases, physical therapists and doctors will tell you to pause your running routine, skip Spin class, ditch the boot camps, and cool it with exercise — except Pilates. Andrea Speir, founder and master trainer at SPEIR Pilates, knows this firsthand.

“The aesthetic side of Pilates — wanting to look a certain way — came […]

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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Giving up on your goal? Read this first

Article Found on ScienceDaily

So you’ve set a goal to eat healthier and you’ve mapped out a plan of attack. You’ll replace those chips with fruit for your late-night snack. You’ll switch to whole-grain bread. You’ll start buying fresh vegetables.

But then you walk into the grocery store, and the fresh vegetables you wanted to buy for your weekly meal plan are unavailable for the third week in a row. Cue the action crisis.

“Setbacks present real challenges in pursuing our goals,” said Richard Vann, assistant professor of marketing at Penn State Behrend. “When goals are blocked by […]

Why Fitness Results Are Different for Everyone

Article by Darla Leal | Found on VeryWellFit

Getting fit can feel like a struggle especially if you’ve been working hard for weeks without seeing outward results. Images of athletic bodies pinned to motivate you now seem to be a source of frustration instead of empowerment. 

Often times many of us feel we’re the only ones struggling with fitness results. We wonder why others seem to get in shape easier and why body changes aren’t happening. These are very common concerns so don’t feel alone in your struggle. 

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How to Meditate through Exercise

Article by Julie Cameron | Found on Mindful.org

“Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.” —John Keats, poet

The revelation that mindfulness can happen with movement is often profound for people—especially those who have resisted meditation because they don’t like to sit still. If you’re committed to morning workout sessions and enjoy the boost that physical movement can bring, you can try turning your activity into a mindfulness meditation.

Runner Ashley Hicks described it to Krista Tippett in a July 2017 On Being podcast this way: “I don’t run with music, headphones, anything—I call myself a true minimalist runner. Literally, it’s just me […]

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, […]

Don’t Let Arthritis Pain Stop You From Exercising

Article Found on HealthyWomen.org

 Is arthritis pain getting in the way of your fitness plans? That need not be the case.

In fact, physical activity can be vital to your continued mobility.

Osteoarthritis is a joint disease that affects about 27 million Americans — most often in the knees and hips, but also in the lower back and neck.

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5 Ways Pilates Can Help Your Brain

5 Ways Pilates Can Help Your Brain

Article Featured on AARP

If you think of Pilates as exercise for your physical core — that prime stretch of real estate between your rib cage and your pelvis — you are not wrong. But there are reasons to think these popular workouts might do some good for your mental core, as well.

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How to Start Exercising and Stick to It

Article Found on Helpguide.org

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. […]